The Village of Mount Prospect is a nationally-acclaimed community recognized for excellent housing, high performing schools and outstanding services.
When Business Week Magazine announced in 2008 that Mount Prospect was the number one place to raise kids, followed in 2010 by Money Magazine’s claim that the Village was one of the "Top 50 Places to Live" in the U.S., residents couldn’t have agreed more. In 2013, Movoto Real Estate, which ranks cities and towns across America, named Mount Prospect one of the “Top 10 Best Cities in Illinois."
What makes Mount Prospect so desirable? It’s conveniently located to downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Executive Airport, two Interstate highways and two commuter rail systems within miles of each other.
Residents enjoy a high quality of life provided through outstanding municipal services. Neighborhoods boast tree-lined streets. The Village government partners with the private sector to promote seasonal events, such as Fridays on the Green summer concerts, Downtown Block Party and more. Residents can enjoy retail centers, such as Randhurst Village,for shopping, entertainment, hotel lodging and dining experiences.
Strong Municipal Leadership
Mount Prospect operates under a Council/Manager form of government in which an appointed manager and professional staff administer daily operations of departments that include: Public Works, Finance, Police, Fire, Community Development and Human Services. An elected Mayor and Board of Trustees determine Village policies.
Business and residential volunteers actively participate on several Village commissions to help determine Mount Prospect’s growth and economic development. There also are opportunities for public/private partnerships to sponsor and organize community events. The Village underwrites its own cable network to provide residents open access to government through televised open meetings.
Additional Village Achievements
- The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Village’s Finance Department their budget and auditing award for over 20 years. Most recently, the Village received:
- Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting (for the period ending December 31, 2013)
- Distinguished Budget Award (for the period ending December 31, 2015)
- The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance awarded Fire Inspectors Jim Miller, Cory Pikora, and Andy Skic a Special Recognition Award (2014) for their residential smoke detector program for the elderly.
- The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association awarded then-Fire Chief Michael Figolah the Fire Chief of the Year (2008).
Public Works Department
- The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the Village the Tree City USA Award for over 30 years.