Mount Prospect hosts civic academy to teach residents about local government

Residents of Mount Prospect have the opportunity to learn about the decisions made to provide the village with street maintenance, water and sewer system, snow removal, police and fire protection and other services.

This fall, the village is hosting the Mount Prospect Citizens Civics Academy, a free eight-session series exploring the inner workings of local government.

The series will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays from October 12 through December 7, with a break on November 23 for Thanksgiving. The sessions will take place at various locations, such as the village hall, the public works facility, fire station 13 and the police headquarters.

The aim is to raise awareness of what local government does and provide insight into its operations. It will also prepare anyone wishing to take a more active role by serving on a board, commission or task force.

Participants must reside in Mount Prospect or own a business in town, be at least 18 years old, provide their own transportation, and plan to attend all classes, with more than two no-shows disqualifying them from any future. Participants cannot currently run or serve in elected office.

The eight sessions will cover: an introduction to village government and the history of Mount Prospect; the human services department; the police department; finance, budget and taxation; firefighters; economic development and planning/construction and inspection services; the public works department; and sustainability.

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