Fireworks Will Take Place on July 4th at Dusk

fireworks display

The City of Momence 4th of July Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015, beginning at dusk. Melrose Pyrotechnic confirmed with city officials this afternoon that the show will go on. Seating and parking will be available on the north side of the north branch of the Kankakee River, near the Island Park foot bridge. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.

The following streets will be closed to allow for additional seating: East Washington Street from Walnut Street to Railroad Avenue, Railroad Avenue from Washington to Third Street and Maple Street from Washington Street to Second Street.

NO PARKING OR VEHICLE TRAFFIC will be allowed on these closed streets from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 10:00 p.m.

Come join us in the City of Momence for what promises to be a spectacular Fireworks and music display.


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

Kankakee River Closed
Per the Illinois Department of Conservation, the Kankakee River will remain closed until further notice due to high waters, dangerous conditions and debris.


From the Mayor's Desk

June 29, 2015

Recent word from Gallagher Asphalt, the contractors performing the IDOT roadwork on Rt1/Dixie Highway, is that progress has not only slowed due to the weather but the biggest obstacle has been receiving final approval from Norfolk Southern Railroad for a "Right of Entry" permit. According to Gallagher Asphalt, any work being performed within 30 feet on either side of the railroad, must be approved by Norfolk Southern. An application was submitted by Gallagher over a month ago. Gallagher, IDOT, and the City have been in contact with a Norfolk Southern Representative, attempting to get the situation resolved.

The City of Momence Fireworks Display is scheduled for Saturday the Fourth of July. Last week the fireworks vendor, Melrose Pyrotechnics, came to town to view the staging area at the Island Park. Because rising river water is a concern, they will return to check the area again this Wednesday night. At this time the fireworks display will proceed, however, if cancellation, due to weather and/or river level is necessary, notification will be posted here on the City's website.

Finally, extremely high levels of rainfall have resulted in basement flooding and sewer drainage issues for a number of residents. The frustrations many residents are experiencing is evident and to be expected. The National Weather Service has reported that this month's rainfall is the wettest June in Illinois history since 1902. The river has exceeded its flood stage level and there are concerns that the river will rise another foot before subsiding later this week. The City's mechanical systems and efforts to move the waste and waters are at optimal levels. Crews have been working non-stop since Friday night to divert field runoff waters threatening a number of homes on the south side.


Mick Porter
Mayor, City of Momence

The 2013 City Council

2013 City Council

The Momence City Council consists of the Mayor, City Clerk, Treasurer, and eight Alderpersons. 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.

Pictured above: Back row, l to r: Alderman David Cook, Alderman Jack Metz, Alderman Rich Kupferer, Mayor Mick Porter, Alderman Mark Lesyna, and Alderman Chuck Steele.
Front Row, l to r: City Clerk, Jenene Henson, Alderwoman Diann Denton, Alderwoman Bonnie Straley, City Treasurer Becky Peterson, and Alderwoman Nova Metz.