Welcome to the City of Momence

Photo of Mayor Mick Porter

On behalf of the City Council, welcome to the City of Momence. Momence is located approximately 50 miles south of Chicago. To arrive in Momence from the north or south, you may want to “Drive the Dixie” Highway! Dixie Hwy/Rt 1 is the major thoroughfare through the heart of downtown Momence. Momence is a friendly community located along the banks of the Kankakee River. Often referred to as the "Old Bordertown", Momence is home to more than 3300 residents of many faiths and cultures. You will discover that The City of Momence is a great place to work, reside, and raise a family.

The City Council and I strive to provide assistance in meeting the needs of the citizens of Momence and the many people who travel through our community. We will continue to meet the challenges of providing effective public services and responding to the citizens of the City of Momence.

City Council meetings are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:30 PM. We encourage citizens to attend the meetings and share their comments at each meeting.

Mick Porter, Mayor


The City of Momence is currently making improvements to its water distribution system. Improvements include the installation of 1,900 feet of 12-inch water main installed beneath the Kankakee River. These improvements will improve water quality by increasing capacity, pressure, and fire protection to the south side of the city. Funding for this project was provided by a low interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP). The PWSLP is funded by both state and federal sources. The $1,681,030 loan has an interest rate of 1.86% and will be repaid over 20 years. For more information about the Kankakee River Water Main Crossing project, contact the Momence Water & Sewer Department.



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From the Mayor's Desk

January 16, 2016

State budget discussions continue, as Governor Rauner and the Legislature, hopefully, attempt to find some points of compromise. Below are a few of Governor Rauner's suggested reforms.

Term Limits: A constitutional amendment to impose term limits on legislators and constitutional officers.

Lower Property Taxes: Reforms that help reduce the pressure on property taxes, including a freeze on property taxes, consolidation of redundant units of government and relief from unfunded mandates that force higher costs, including mandates related to work rules, health care, third-party contracting, driver's education and physical education requirements, etc.

More Jobs: Illinois job creators and local governments pay some of the highest workers' compensation costs in the nation. Worker's Comp costs force higher property taxes and is the primary reason Illinois continues to lose manufacturing jobs. The General Assembly should pass reforms to lower workers' compensation costs by addressing key issues related to the definition of a "traveling employee," the use of AMA guidelines in determining awards, limiting an employer's liability for a non-work related injury, and curbing the price-gouging in workers' compensation medical fees (in certain specialties).

For a complete list of the desired reforms, and to follow news out of the State of Illinois, go to www.illinois.gov.

Finally, at Monday's City Council meeting, the Council discussed specifics to be included on a Resolution opposing the US Fish and Wildlife's pursuit of the proposed Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. The Resolution will be on the agenda for vote at the next council meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Mick Porter
Mayor, City of Momence

The Momence City Council

2016 City Council

The Momence City Council consists of the Mayor, City Clerk, Treasurer, and eight Alderpersons. Pictured above: Standing L to R: 4th Ward Alderman Mark Lesyna, 3rd Ward Alderman David Cook, 2nd Ward Alderman Chuck Steele, Mayor Mick Porter, 4th Ward Alderman Jack Metz, 3rd Ward Alderman John Rehmer. Seated L to R: 1st Ward Alderwoman Diann Denton, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Nova Metz, City Clerk Jenene Henson, Treasurer Becky Peterson, 1st Ward Alderwoman Carrie Navratil.

The City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, and other times as necessary. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM, and the City Council agendas are posted on the Fridays that precede the Monday meeting dates. All meetings are held in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.