Government

VillageHall - CopyArlington Heights was incorporated in 1887 and is a strong, longstanding municipality of the northwest suburbs of Chicago, in Cook County, Illinois. In 1954, Arlington Heights adopted the council/manager form of government, which combines the leadership of elected officials with the managerial experience of an appointed manager.

The Village Board's role is to make laws and broad policy decisions for the Village Manager and staff to carry out. The Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the Village and serves as the key advisor to the Village Board. Our Village Board members are elected at large with staggered 4-year terms. Being elected "at large" means board members are responsive to all residents of the Village. Its role is to adopt laws and policies to govern the Village, leaving implementation up to the Manager and the rest of the Village staff.

Throughout its long history, Arlington Heights has remained steadfast in providing municipal services that are responsive to the needs of the residents and businesses and are reliable, efficient and fiscally responsible. To learn more about our organization, please view the Village's organizational chart. To learn about the Village's Annual Budget, view Budget Documents

Arlington Heights' Government: Locations, Roles, and Running for Office