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.

Mayor's Summer 2019 Update


I am pleased to announce that the Village is joining with the Brushwood Center and the Riverwoods Preservation Council to celebrate “Keeping the Bees: The Importance of Pollinators”.  Brushwood currently is presenting an art exhibition by that name and has generously loaned several pieces to Riverwoods. These works are on display in the Village Hall. We will also be participating in several events recognizing the beauty of butterflies and their important role in the pollination of our flowers.  I have also signed the “Mayors’ Monarch Pledge,” joining with mayors and other local and tribal government chief executives across the country who are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly. The monarch is an iconic species whose populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Riverwoods has already been taking a number of the actions encouraged by this program, such as planting native plant species and restoring native habitat.  We are currently discussing designating a portion of the Village-owned as a “butterfly garden.” Stay tuned!

Summer, albeit soggy, has come again to Riverwoods.  We have had record, or near record, rainfall over the last few months, saturating the ground. This rainfall is good for many of the trees and other flora that abound in Riverwoods.  Unfortunately, the rain has also been good for mosquitos, all of which are pests and some of which can spread disease such as West Nile Virus.  If you see standing water on your property, please contact Clark Mosquito at www.clarkeportal.com/hotline or (800) 942-2555.  Clark has been retained by the Southeast Lake County Abatement District to help control the mosquito population. They will take appropriate steps to control the mosquitos on your property at no additional cost to you.

Finally, I will again request that everyone clean the drainage ditches and culverts around your property.  We need everyone to pitch in and help keep the stormwater moving away from our homes and into the local streams and rivers.



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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