Government Bodies

Village of Downers Grove

Village of Downers Grove operates under a council-manager form of government. The Council consists of a Mayor and six Commissioners who are elected to four-year terms. The Council serves as the policy-making body for the Village. The Village Manager is appointed by the Council to be responsible for the overall administration of all Village.


State of Illinois

The State of Illinois government website provides information on local, state and federal government agencies. In addition, you may use this site to learn more about Illinois government and elected officials.


High School District 99

The mission of High School District 99, in cooperation with parents and the community, is to provide a caring and challenging environment where all students develop as lifelong learners to become contributing, responsible members of a changing world.


Secretary of State

When most citizens interact with the state, it's through the Secretary of State's Office. CyberDriveIllinois is the Secretary of State's website and is intended to provide citizens of Illinois a user friendly information source including a useful FAQ section and intergovernmental links .

The mission of School District 58, in partnership with parents and community, is to challenge each child by providing quality educational programs and support services in safe, nurturing environments in order to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of society.


DuPage County

DuPage County is one of the most dynamic growth centers in northeastern Illinois.Located just 20 miles west of Chicago, DuPage County is one of nine counties which make up the Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). The county offers the benefits of urbanized living, high quality educational systems, extensive recreational resources and a safe, attractive environment to live, work and raise a family.

On June 15, 1946 the Downers Grove Park District began a tradition of service as a dynamic community resource. On that date, residents voted in a local referendum to create a separate governing agency for the specific function of providing recreational opportunities for the community.


The DuPage County Election Commission

The DuPage County Election Commission is unique within the State of Illinois, since it is the only countywide election commission. Legislation passed in 1973 provided for the formation of this independent bi-partisan agency in January 1974. The Election Commission is charged with the conduct of all federal, state, county and local elections in DuPage.


Downers Grove Township

Downers Grove Township is the largest township in DuPage County, containing 54 square miles, 140000 residents and 9 incorporated towns. The township is bound on the north by 39th street, on the south by the Sag Canal, on the east by County Line Road and on the west by Woodward Avenue in Downers Grove.


The Illinois State Board of Elections

The Illinois State Board of Elections provides Searchable, up-to-the-minute campaign financial information, candidate filings, downloadable forms and other documents.


The Forest Preserve District

Established in 1915, the Forest Preserve District owns and manages more than 24,000 acres and has an annual budget of more than $175 million. Each year, more than 3.1 million people visit the Forest Preserve District's 600+ acres of shimmering lakes, 60 miles ofriver and streams, and over 100 miles of trails that offer scenic views and many fun ways to enjoy your leisure time.


Count Me In

The Count Me In Campaign is designed to heighten public awareness regarding voter registration within DuP age County. Click this link to check your registration status.


Service Organizations

The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club

The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club is a non-partisan, non-denominational, volunteer women’s organization. Its members are dedicated to supporting and raising the awareness of charitable organizations, individuals in need, and the community.


The Downers Grove Rotary

The Downers Grove Rotary formally received its Club Charter in 1961 and quickly found itself comfortable with a broad range of activities and service projects, plus a strong emphasis on youth including the annual Halloween window painting project and other support for young people's activities with emphasis on music, sports, and leadership training.


District 58 Education Foundation

Through generous parent and community donations the District 58 Education Foundation raises money to support important educational activities not currently provided through the public school systems.  Although the foundation cannot supply funds for educational necessities such as salaries, its goal is to assist the district in funding programs that take students' educational experiences above and beyond what is seen in the typical classroom.


Kiwanis International

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 94 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World."


Lions Club

The Downers "Noon" Lions Club, founded in 1926, is the oldest service club in town. It is a member of the International Association of Lions Clubs. The Lions motto is "We Serve". Lions provide extensive support for visually impaired and hearing impaired people. Our service to the community includes working with area schools to meet the need of students with visual or hearing impairment. We provide funds for needed eye exams, eyeglasses, eye surgery, hearing test and hearing aids for the needy.


Other Advocacy Groups

Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce

The Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a membership organization committed to coordinating and directing the collective efforts and concerns of our business, educational and governmental partners to enhance and strengthen the economic environment for our members and our community.


Downtown Downers Grove Management Association

The Downtown Downers Grove Management Association helps support and promote local business and helps coordinate special events such as the Ice Sculpture Festival and the Fine Arts Festival in the beautiful downtown - creating a business and shopping experience that boasts of hometown hospitality while at the same time offering the most contemporary services, merchandise and amenities.


Downers Grove Tourism and Events Committee

The Downers Grove Tourism and Events Committee works in conjunction with the Village and others to plan, promote and coordinate the best of our community including Heritage Fest, the Ice Sculpture Festival, the Criterion International Bike Race and the Fine Arts Festival. Click here for a calendar of events. If you have any questions or need additional details, please call 800-934-0615.


International City/County Management Association

The International City/County Management Association is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world. Since 1914, ICMA has provided technical and management assistance, training, and information resources to its members and the local government community.


The Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance is a not-for-profit environmental group with a primary focus on the protection and preservation of open spaces in DuPage County IL . We work to help local residents appreciate and enjoy our rich heritage


Chicago Land Citizens Yahoo Group

This is a loosely organized inter-suburban organization of citizen groups, focusing on development and historic preservation issues. It is coordinated by the Chicago office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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DGCA Members


Dan Loftus, President

Robert Barnett
Greg Beggs

Betty Cheever

Kathleen DiCola

Jan Kopis

Nancy Peraino

Ken Rathje

Jim Russ, Jr.
Stacey Salman

Megan Schroeder

Founding & Past


Michael Carter
Stephen Daniels

Hilary Denk
Dave Eblen

Tinker Harvey

John Mochel

Julia Kennedy Beckman

George Nicholaou
Randy Stark

Dan McInerney