About us

Metro West Council of Government is a council of municipalities serving a population of more than 750,000 in Kane, DeKalb and Kendall Counties of Illinois. The non-profit organization was founded in November 2004 and is supported by member dues. It serves its members and the region by:

  • Promoting excellence in local government.
  • Evaluating the impact of pending state and federal legislation on municipalities.
  • Articulating municipal concerns and advocating municipal positions on local, regional, state and national issues.
  • Fostering intergovernmental communication and cooperation.
  • Providing research, technical assistance, training and leadership development opportunities to members.
  • Addressing growth, transportation and water conservation issues affecting the region.
  • Serving as a strong advocate for municipalities.

Meetings

Metro West members meet monthly, usually on the fourth Thursday evening. In addition to networking, the dinner meetings often feature speakers on topics of interest to member municipalities.

Special Programs & Events

Special programs and events include the Legislative Breakfast, the Springfield Drive Down, the State of the Counties Luncheon, Orientation Seminars for Newly-Elected Officials, and the Legislative Barbeque and Session Review.

Dues

Municipalities with populations of 1,000 and below are charged a flat fee of $500 per year.  Those with 1,001 to 2,000 are charged a flat fee of $750. Populations with 2,001 to under 5,000 are charged a flat fee of $1,500.  Dues for municipalities over 5,000 are charged 0.35¢ per capita with a minimum amount of $3,500 and a maximum investment of $30,000 per year.  

Board of Directors

The mayor and manager from each municipality are voting members of the Council’s Board of Directors, which is led by an Executive Committee consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Past-President. The executive committee also includes a municipal representative from each of the three counties.  

Executive Committee 2013-2014

President
Brian LeClercq, President 
Village of Oswego

Vice President
David Kaptain, Mayor
City of Elgin

Secretary
Ray Keller, Administrator
Village of Gilberts

Treasurer
Bill McGrath, Administrator
Village of Batavia

DeKalb County Municipal Representative
John Rey, Mayor, City of DeKalb

Kane County Municipal Representative
Brent Eichelberger, Administrator, Village of Sugar Grove

Kendall County Municipal Representative
Gary Golinski, Mayor, City of Yorkville

Immediate Past President
David Anderson, President, Village of Elburn

At-Large Executive Committee Member
Tom Weisner, Mayor, City of Aurora 


At-Large Executive Committee Member
Stephan Pickett, President, Village of Sleepy Hollow


 

Staff

Executive Director
Mary Randle
E-mail: mrandle@metrowestcog.org

Administrative Assistant
Karen Tralewski
E-mail: ktralewski@metrowestcog.org

  

Address:

5 East Downer Place, Suite E
Aurora IL 60505
Tel: 630.859.1331
Fax: 630.256.3169

 

Metro West Board Liaisons To Partner Organizations

CMAP Board Member & Liaison
Thomas Weisner, Mayor, City of Aurora

CMAP Regional Water Supply Planning Group Representatives
Thomas Weisner, Mayor, City of Aurora
Peter Wallers, President, Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Representatives
Jeff Schielke, Mayor, Village of Batavia
Thomas Weisner, Mayor, City of Aurora

Partner Organizations

Metro West Council works collaboratively with a number of governmental entities and regional public and private agencies, boards and committees to facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and to provide the municipal perspective on relevant issues.  The Council works to ensure that municipal viewpoints are represented at the earliest possible stages of decision making. 

Agencies

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Illinois Municipal League
 

Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Metropolitan Planning Council

 

County Governments

DeKalb County
Kane County
Kendall County

Council of Governments

DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
Lake County Municipal League
McHenry County Council of Governments
Northwest Municipal Conference
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
Southwest Conference of Mayors
West Central Municipal Conference
Will County Governmental League