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Our History

1951

  • Bob Morris is hired as Village Manager (VM) in Glencoe. First VM in Illinois not trained as an engineer

1952

  • Illinois formally adopts statute allowing for council-manager (CM) government; prior to that time 10 communities adopted the plan by ordinance

1953

  • Mark Keane, VM Oak Park hosts a meeting of managers. ILCMA is formed with William Wolf, VM Wilmette, elected president
  • Another 17 communities adopt CM form, most by referendum. Dr. Gilbert Steiner, from UIUC, provided the impetus for that first meeting

1954

  • First statewide conferences are held at Allerton House in Monticello; Meetings are organized under the guidance of Gil Steiner and others from UIUC

1964

  • ILCMA hosts ICMA’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Chicago, Bob Morris, chair
  • Robert Morris is elected ICMA Regional Vice-President
    • Since then nine additional Illinois managers/assistants have served in that position: Stan Kennedy, John Fischbach, John Eckenroad, Valerie Salmons, Juliana Maller, David Limardi, Bob Kiely, Mike Baker, and Wally Bobkiewicz

1972

  • IAMMA is founded

1974

  • ILCMA Secretariat is established at Northern Illinois University under direction of Jim Banovetz

1979

  • ILCMA becomes first state association to employ a full-time, professional staff unaffiliated with a state municipal league
    • Tom Flannery appointed ILCMA first full-time executive director

1982

  • Stan Kennedy, VM Wilmette, is elected ICMA president
  • IAMMA, Metro Managers, and Downstate officially become affiliates of ILCMA

1984

  • Carol Zar is appointed executive director
  • Jeff Fuller, of Park Ridge, is first assistant manager to be elected president of ILCMA
  • ILCMA awarded first (and only) ICMA State Association Award for Creative Initiatives; J. Neil Nielsen, president
  • Summer conference is held at Eagle Ridge for the first time
  • ML Managers Committee formed; Paul Nicholson, president
  • First winter conference held in Champaign; Larry Asaro, president

1988

  • Valerie Salmons is elected as first female president of ILCMA.  Since then five women have served.  They are Katy Rush (1995-96), Robin Weaver (2003-04), Ghida Neukirch (2007-08), Juliana Maller (2011-12), and Kelly Amidei (2015-16).

1991

  • Illinois joins the ICMA Range Rider program with Bob Morris and Les Allen as the first two range riders

1992

  • Illinois Municipal League officially establishes municipal managers committee

1994

  • ILCMA hosts ICMA conference in Chicago; Larry Arft, chair
  • ILCMA inaugurates its awards program; Tim Schuenke, president

1997

  • ILCMA changes its name to Illinois City / County Management Association

2000

  • ILCMA website inaugurated

2001

  • IACA becomes an affiliate of ILCMA
  • First James M. Banovetz scholarship is awarded

2004

  • Carol Zar resigns after 20 years as executive director
  • Dawn S. Peters is appointed executive director
  • ILCMA establishes new Friends of ILCMA Corporate Partnership Program

2005

  • SWICMA becomes an affiliate of ILCMA

2007

  • David Limardi becomes President-elect for ICMA

2008

  • Patrick Urich becomes the first county administrator to be President of ILCMA

2013

  • Women’s Legacy Project becomes an affiliate of ILCMA

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