About the Village
Palatine: A Brief History
Palatine: A Look at Today
The Village of Palatine offers diversified lifestyles with a family atmosphere. Located in northwestern Cook County, Palatine’s favorable position in the Chicago Metropolitan area is very attractive to suburban dwellers and businesses alike.
Access to major highways, such as Interstate 90, Illinois Route 53, and U.S. Highways 12 and 14, allow convenient access to major economic activity and nearby rural environments. Multiple interstate motor freight carriers are located in Palatine. Also, the Union Pacific Railroad (Metra) provides commuter service from Harvard to the Chicago Loop and nearby Chicago Executive Airport offers extensive facilities for private and corporate aircraft.
Annexations have expanded the Village to its current 12 square miles and a population of approximately 69,350. Substantial unincorporated and undeveloped areas have been annexed to the Village in previous years. Palatine’s neighbors are the Villages of Arlington Heights, Deer Park, Inverness, and Schaumburg and the City of Rolling Meadows.
Business & Growth
Palatine has developed into a self-sufficient community. Not only does the downtown business district continue to flourish in its small town atmosphere, but 30 total shopping areas throughout the community meet every shopping need. The creation of a light manufacturing zoning classification has allowed light industry to enter the Village. The Village of Palatine is home to the world corporate headquarters of Weber-Stephens, manufacturer of barbecue grills.
The Village of Palatine is committed to a growth that augments the tax base and ensures a continued high level of services to its residents. Over the past few years the Village has experienced an unprecedented amount of building activity, including single-family, multi-family and commercial developments. The attractiveness of Palatine can be attributed to the high quality of life that the Village has to offer. Palatine has a Village government that meets the needs of the community.
Palatine: Village Governmental Structure
The Council-Manager form of government functions under a Mayor and Council of six members, elected to staggering four-year terms on a district basis. The appointed Village Manager is in charge of daily administration and implementation of policies set by the Village Council. The Manager, in turn, appoints department heads and staff.
Palatine’s residents are protected by highly trained Police and Fire Departments. The Village’s Fire Department operates out of five stations located throughout the Village, with each station housing modern emergency vehicles and related equipment.
Mayor & Village Council
The Village Council is comprised of 7 members: a Mayor is elected at large, while the Council Member are elected within 1 of 6 districts. The length of each term is 4 years. With overlapping election terms, only one half of the Village Council is elected every 2 years. This ensures some carryover in experience and background on the Council at all times. The Village Mayor is elected at-large and separately from the Trustees. The Village Mayor, by statute and ordinance, has additional several duties such as holding the position of Liquor Control Commissioner, and serving as official signatory for Village expenditures.
The Village Clerk also is elected in the general election to a 4-year term. The Clerk serves as the recording secretary for the Village Council and as the local election officer for all municipal elections. The Clerk is responsible for the filing, safekeeping and storage of official Village documents and support records including, but not limited to, ordinances, resolutions, minutes, licenses, agreements and contracts. The Clerk is often assigned additional administrative functions.
The Village Manager is appointed by the Village Council. The Village Manager is usually extended an employment agreement with the Village stating the terms and conditions of employment and dismissal. The Council reviews the Manager's performance annually, and any increased level of compensation is determined by the Council at that time.
Village Manager Duties
The primary powers and duties of the Village Manager, as stipulated in state law and outlined in the Palatine Village Code, are summarized below:
All in all, the Village of Palatine is committed to providing the best to its citizens by improving upon an already superior built environment. The Village knows it cannot rest upon its past success. To adequately serve its citizens, Palatine constantly evaluates its future. The Village Government, through its various departments, not only assists the citizens of today, but plans for the future as well.