The group hoping to change the form of Danville city government is set to move to the next step. Organizers say they hope to file the petitions into the judicial system today to get it on the November ballot.
The Moving Danville Forward group help a public forum about the change last night. They hope to move Danville to a city manager form instead of the current strong mayor aldermanic form. One of the speakers was Dr. Charles Hantz, a political science professor at Danville Area Community College. He has studied the city manager form across the nation. He says a city manager looks at the big picture and is less concerned about politics than a mayor. The proposal would make the mayor position part-time.
Another speaker was Steve Carter the retired Champaign city manager. He said that a city manager would bring a professional approach to running the city. The mayor would no longer run the day to day operations and would be a part time mayor
Carter said the Danville proposal would keep the number of alderman and the method of electing them the same.
At the public forum, the question was asked whether the referendum to change the government would be binding. Attorney Jim Mulvaney said yes it would.
A new government would begin after the election in the spring of 2019.