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Wilmette, Illinois

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Wilmette is a city in Cook County, Illinois. It has a population of 27,628.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Illinois city websites

In 2011 Wilmette earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Public Records
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for six years.[1]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[3]
  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for four years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for four years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2003 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9][10]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Village Manager position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[11]
    • A public records form is provided by the Village Manager.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[12]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.[13]
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[14]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[16]

The bad

  • None posted yet

Elected officials

The Village Board is the legislative and policy-making body of the Village and includes the Village President and six Trustees. The President and Trustees are elected at-large and serve staggered four year terms. The Village Code prohibits a Village Trustee, or the Village President, from being elected to more than two four-year terms of office (in addition to election to an unexpired term of 25 months or less). The Village Board does not receive compensation.[4]


The Village Manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operation of the municipality. The Village Manager serves as the Village Board’s chief advisor and is also responsible for daily delivery of public services, preparing and submitting a proposed annual budget and hiring and firing personnel. Under the Illinois Municipal Code, the Village Manager has the power and duty:[3]

  • To enforce the laws and ordinances within the municipality.
  • To appoint and remove all directors of departments.
  • To exercise control of all departments and divisions thereof.
  • To attend all meetings of the Village Board with the right to take part in their discussions, but without the right to vote.
  • To recommend to the Village Board for adoption such measures as the manager may deem necessary or expedient.
  • To perform any other duties required by law or assigned by the council or board of trustees.

Timothy J. Frenzer has worked for the Village of Wilmette since 1993 in the capacity of Corporation Counsel and became the Village Manager in July of 2009.[3]


FY 2006
FY 2007
FY 2008
FY 2009
FY 2010
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
$49,249,032 $52,786,264 $57,219,828 $60,610,018 $48,872,754 $74,205,880 $53,916,971 60,715,020

Public employees

Collective bargaining

The Village's firefighters and police officers are represented by respective unions. The current collectively bargained agreements are provided on the city website.[17]

Public employee salaries

Below are the listed city employees earning more than $100,000 in 2011:[18]

Position Salary
Village Manager $180,405
Director of Info. Services $114,224
Systems Administrator $104,775
Finance Director / Treasurer $142,800
Asst. Finance Director $104,775
Director of Community Devel. $130,071
Asst. Director of Comm. Devel. $106,974
Director of Engineering Services $129,840
Asst. Director of Engineering $106,974
Water Plant Superintendent $109,703
Public Works Director $142,441
Asst. Public Works Director $116,757
Street Superintendent $106,974
Police Chief $137,957
Deputy Policy Chief $128,173
Police Commander $118,796
Police Commander $118,796
Police Commander $118,796
Police Sergeant $111,569
Police Sergeant $111,569
Police Sergeant $111,569
Police Sergeant $109,324
Fire Chief $134,991
Deputy Fire Chief $127,322
Duty Chief $118,226
Duty Chief $118,226
Duty Chief $112,500
Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic $109,019
Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic $109,019
Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic $109,019
Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic $109,019
Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic $106,774


The Village finances about 29% of its operations through property taxes and is continually striving to diversify its revenue base in order to reduce reliance on the property tax. The Village's portion of the property tax reflects approximately 11.3% of the total tax bill. Since 1994, the Village portion of the property tax bill has averaged 10.5%.[19]

Taxing Agency Percentage of Tax Bill
School District #39 37.7%
School District #203 24.1%
Village of Wilmette 11.2%
Cook County 7.0%
Wilmette Park District 6.5%
Sanitary District 4.6%
Wilmette Public Library 4.3%
Community College #535 2.8%
All Other Taxing Bodies 1.8%

Sales tax for general merchandise in Wilmette is 8.25%. The sales tax is comprised of four separate taxing authorities as noted below.[20]

Taxing Authority Portion of Sales Tax
State of Illinois 6.25%
Cook County 0.75%
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) 1%
Village of Wilmette Home Rule Sales Tax 0.25%
Total 8.25%

In 1988, the Village Board adopted an ordinance providing for a Real Estate Transfer Tax. When a real estate property is sold in Wilmette, a tax equal to $3.00 for every $1,000 (or fraction thereof) of consideration must be paid. This is the responsibility of the property buyer.[21]


Amount sold for Divide by 1,000 Multiply by $3.00 Final amount owed
$410,750 $410,750/ 1,000 = 411 411 x $3.00= $1,233.00 $1,233.00


The Village Board and Village Manager's Office closely monitor legislation at the local, state and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the community. The Village President is the official spokesperson of the Village in all political and legislative affairs. The Village of Wilmette is a dues-paying member of several associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the state and federal levels. These associations include the Northwest Municipal Conference, Illinois Municipal League, and Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition.[15]

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