Serving The Parks Communities
The City of Loves Park and the Village of Machesney Park successfully operate their communities through sales tax and do not levy any municipal property taxes.
Loves Park has a mayor-council form of government with five wards, 10 aldermen, a City Clerk and City Treasurer. The mayor is chief executive presiding over council meetings, serving as liquor commissioner, and, with the council’s advice, appoints city officials.
The Village of Machesney Park operates under the trustee plan, with a governing board consisting of a president and six trustees. Duties and powers correspond to the mayor-council form of government. The president, trustees, clerk and treasurer are elected to staggered four-year terms in odd numbered years.