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Mayor's Welcome

I love Gurnee - it is a fabulous community to raise a family,
work, shop or play! Some of my favorite things about Gurnee are the small town feel it has managed to maintain and our wonderful community events with something for everyone to enjoy. Part of the strength of our community is the strong relationship between the Village and our highly distinguished intergovernmental partners such as our school districts, Township, Library and Park District. By working together, we provide services that residents want without redundancy.
For many of us, the Village of Gurnee is simply our home, and we often underestimate the amount of work it takes to keep Gurnee a wonderful community. While Gurnee has long enjoyed its strategic location and natural resources, it has been through the work of the Village employees, residents, business owners, intergovernmental partners and civic organizations that have made this community great.

Gurnee was originally a farming community of less than 500 residents when it first became a Village in 1928. From these humble beginnings, it expanded rapidly with beautiful subdivisions and world-class attractions such as Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills Shopping Mall and Great Wolf Lodge (coming soon!). Gurnee, with the combined efforts of two generations worth of work, is now an outstanding place to live, work and play and one of the premier Chicagoland communities. No other community has the variety of recreational opportunities, public amenities and exceptional services that our Village does – all delivered in the most cost-effective manner possible, which allows the Village to operate without levying a property tax.

Preservation efforts are at the heart of many of our operations. Whether keeping our neighborhoods safe or ensuring that our roads are adequately maintained, the Village continues to excel. The Village is very cognizant of managing costs and tax dollars judiciously and introduced several new programs that will save our residents money or streamline operations the last few years. Our Police, Fire and Public Works Departments are at the forefront in their individual fields and have been repeatedly recognized for their excellence and quality of service.

We continuously strive to advance our services in response to the needs of residents, visitors and businesses. This year, we developed a plan to provide dispatch services to nearby communities, approved incentive agreements for the attraction of Great Wolf Lodge and the renovation of parts of Gurnee Mills, and implemented new technology to improve efficiencies. If you want to stay connected we have multiple ways to keep you engaged through our website, e-Blasts, NextDoor, Facebook, Twitter and the traditional quarterly newsletter.

Whether you are a resident, business owner, or visitor, there is much to be proud of in Gurnee. Please do not hesitate to contact the Village if you should ever need any assistance, and thank you to everyone who helps to keep our community great.

Kristina Kovarik
Kristina Kovarik, Mayor

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