Voters are going to get a chance to decide whether to change Danville’s form of government this fall. Chief Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick of Charleston ruled yesterday that the petitioners seeking to change Danville to a city manager form of government have met all the requirements to place the issue on the November ballot. Shick heard the group’s petition during a hearing Wednesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court and ordered the Danville Election Commission to place the referendum on the ballot.
If a simple majority of city voters approve it in November, then Danville would switch from its current mayor-alderman form to city manager-alderman form in the spring of 2019. There still would be 14 aldermen, but the elected mayor position would be part-time and the city council would hire a full-time city manager to handle the city’s finances and day-to-day operations.
The Moving Danville Forward group is spearheading the effort to change the government. That group will be hosting another public informational meeting on Monday, June 18th. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Bremer Conference Center at Danville Area Community College and feature the mayor and city manager of Streator, Illinois.
There also is a group headed by two incumbent Aldermen that is working to oppose the change.