Our Mayor

The mayor is nominated by the Riverwoods Caucus committee and is elected to a four-year term. The mayor acts as the executive branch of village government and is responsible for the administration of village operations. The mayor is also president of the Board of Trustees. As president, the mayor presides over all board meetings and can cast tie-breaking votes. Individuals who serve as mayor receive a stipend and a municipal benefits package as compensation.

State of the Village January 2019

State of the Village January 2019

New Year’s Greetings!

I am pleased to report that the state of the Village of Riverwoods remains excellent.
That’s not to say that the last year didn’t have its problems. For example, there was record (at least since the river gauge was installed at Route 22) high water on the Des Plaines. Another problem was the opening of the Woodman’s store coupled with the reconstruction of the corner to Deerfield Rd. and Milwaukee to aggravate the already severe congestion at that corner. A third example would be the early winter ice and snow storm in November that damaged trees and closed roads. These were only some of the problems that arose last year but together we have come through stronger than ever.
Looking ahead, the coming year will present us with new challenges and opportunities.
One of our biggest challenges will be addressing the decrease in revenue flowing into the Village coffers. The changes along Milwaukee and other circumstances have resulted in a significant drop in sales tax revenue. When I say “significant”, I mean a loss in tax revenue equal to about 25% of the total General Fund annual revenue! The good news is that we foresaw the potential for these losses and kept our spending levels down. We have significant cash reserves and the Village budget is projecting a modest surplus for the coming year and at least the five following years. You can be assured that the Board of Trustee’s and I will continue working to develop new revenue sources and seeking ways to reduce expenditures in an effort to avoid raising direct taxes on the residents of the Village.
As for opportunities, there are many. At the top of the list is deciding what to do with the Village-owned land around the Village Hall. There are many options. On the one hand, we could opt for the more complicated, such as developing an outdoor community gathering space and natural play area. On the other hand, we could limit ourselves to the more conservative option of only expanding overflow parking while otherwise pretty much leaving things as they are. Each option carries with it pluses and minuses, including, as might be expected, the fact that the more we do, the more it will cost.
The Board of Trustees and I need your help in dealing with the challenges and opportunities described above, as well as many others. We will be reaching out to you for your opinions. Please participate in this information gathering process. The more you tell us what you want the better we can serve the Village.


Office of Mayor

Mayor John W. Norris

Office: 847-945-3990 x 25

8 am - 5 pm CT

Mayor since 2013

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Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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