Duties of Lake Bluff Library Board of Trustees:



Legal and financial responsibility for the operations of the Library is vested in the Board. Subject to existing statutes, the powers of the Board include but are not limited to:

• Determining rules and regulations governing library service;
• Exercising exclusive control of all expenditures of money credited to the library fund, and any grant, gift, or endowment funds provided for library purposes;
• Determining the property tax levy required to support the Library within the law, and;
• Hiring, evaluating, and, if necessary, dismissing the Library Director.

The Board may adopt such policies, rules, and regulations for the conduct of its business as shall be deemed advisable or necessary and may, in the execution of the powers granted, appoint such agents as it may consider necessary.

Duties of Lake Bluff Park District Board of Commissioners:

The Board of Commissioners is composed of seven Lake Bluff Park District residents. The commissioners are elected for a four year term of office. This policy making board is responsible for establishing and maintaining the District as a corporate entity assuring adequate financing and competent staffing of the District.

Duties of Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education:


The main function of the Board of Education, as an agency of the State of Illinois, is to adopt goals and policies that support student achievement, maintain fiscal integrity, and establish open, respectful transparent communications. The Board carries out these functions by doing the following:

  • Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent of Schools.
  • Authorizing employment of staff members and setting salaries.
  • Setting educational goals and monitoring district performance.
  • Authorizing curriculum development and revision.
  • Establishing district-wide policies and evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Adopting and monitoring a responsible budget that supports the educational goals and maintains financial stability.

Duties of Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education:

Board of Education members make decisions about school policy, budget, and curriculum. The District 115 Board is the official governing body of Lake Forest High School. Seven residents are elected from the community at large to serve on each board, and do not represent specific school neighborhoods. Newly elected board members will serve four-year terms without pay. School board elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in odd-numbered years.


Duties of the Village of Lake Bluff Board of Trustees/Village Clerk:



Duties and Responsibilities of a Village Trustee:

As an elected member of the Village Board, you will have duties and responsibilities to the Village, other Village Board members and to the public. Those duties are outlined in the Municipal Code and applicable Illinois state law, and include:

• Attend all meetings of the Village Board and any committee on which you serve.

• Come prepared to contribute to the discussions of issues and business to be addressed at scheduled meetings, having read the agenda and all background material.

• Represent the Village in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places.

• Abide by all actions taken by the Village Board, even when in a minority position on such actions.

• Refrain from intruding in administrative issues, which are the responsibility of the Village management staff, except to monitor results and ensure that Village Board policy is being carried out as directed.

• Be involved in and knowledgeable about not only Village issues, but also state and national issues.

• Be aware of the state laws governing municipalities.

• Recognize conflicts of interest with your personal and professional life. If such conflict does arise, declare that conflict before the Village Board and refrain from voting on any such matters.

• Display courteous conduct in all Village Board and committee meetings.

• Make every effort to learn the responsibilities of being a Village Board member and seek methods of becoming a better member of the Village team.

The Village of Lake Bluff operates under the Board-Administrator form of government. This form of government combines the leadership and policy-making skills of elected officials with the professional administrative training of the Village Administrator.

Under this popular form of government, the elected representatives establish policies steering the Village's purpose, values, mission, and goals. It is the role of the Village Administrator to implement those policies in an efficient and effective manner.

The Village Administrator provides overall direction and administration of policies and procedures established by the President and Board of Trustees. The Administrator coordinates activities of all Village departments, and formulates policies, goals and objectives in conjunction with the Department Directors.

The staff in the Village Administrator's Office is charged with a wide variety of duties. Among these duties are communications, special event coordination, contract management and provide staff support to various boards, commissions and committees, and Village Board agenda preparation.

The Village Board of Trustees meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Board Room, 40 E. Center Avenue. Village Board Meetings are broadcast live on Cable Access Channel 19 with the most recent meeting rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. and Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

The Village Board also meets as a Committee-of-the-Whole on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Board Room (40 E. Center Avenue). Village Board of Trustees and Committee-of-the-Whole meeting agendas are posted online the Thursday preceeding the Monday night meeting. For information regarding meeting agendas or minutes, contact Village Hall by phone at 847-234-0774 or by email at vlb@lakebluff.org.