Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

West Central Municipal Conference

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus was founded by Richard M. Daley in December 1997, in conjunction with the Mayors of the suburban Chicago area. It is a voluntary collaboration among the City of Chicago, the Dukane Valley Mayors and Administrators, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, the Lake County Municipal League, the McHenry County Municipal Association, the Northwest Municipal Conference, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the Southwest Conference of Mayors, the West Central Municipal Conference, and the Will County Governmental League. The Caucus represents 270 municipalities within the six-county Chicago region and a population of over eight million.

It provides a forum for the chief elected officials of the region to cooperatively develop consensus and act on common public policy issues and multi-jurisdictional challenges. With a foundation of collaboration and consensus-based decision making, it serves a number of functions for its partner organizations and local governments:

• The Mayors Caucus is a voice for a regional approach to issues and challenges, such as: economic development, school funding and tax reform, workforce readiness, energy reliability and security, air quality, funding for transportation and other infrastructure, housing, and emergency preparedness.

• The Caucus cooperates with leaders and agencies from the private, non-profit and public sectors that seek to work toward the common goal of improving the region's well being.

• The Caucus provides a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues that impact the region's overall quality of life.

• The Mayors Caucus develops consensus positions on a broad range of key issues facing the Chicago region and advocates for their adoption at the federal, state and local levels of government.

For additional Mayors Caucus information please contact their Executive Director, Dave Bennett at 312/201-4505.

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