The Village of Glenview

Citizens Academy

The Village of Glenview is excited to host its first ever government Citizens Academy! The Village will be hosting a seven-week course on the major functions of local government to offer an inside look at how the Village leads and serves the community. This program is designed to provide an opportunity of an in-depth level of engagement between residents and the various departments and staff.

Applications to participate are available via online application, and are available through Village's website​, and are also available in the Village Hall lobby. Applications for this upcoming academy will be accepted through August. The Management Services department will contact the selected participants in late-August to confirm their spot in the academy and inform them of the upcoming schedule. Preferences will be given to Glenview residents or business owner and participants must be at least 18 years of age.

The program is set to begin in the Fall of 2021 and will host its first session on September 23 and will conclude on November 4. The following is a brief overview of the different sessions.

Session 1: History of Glenview

Date: September 23, 2021         Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm           Location: Glenview Public Library - 1930 Glenview Road

The Glenview Citizens Academy will kick off at the Glenview Public Library where you will learn about the leadership structure of Village government, the history of the Village from its initial formation, and the operations of the Library.

Session 2: Business and Development

September 30, 2021     Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm   Location: Village Hall - 2500 East Lake Avenue

Have you ever been curious about the different stages of the development process in Glenview? The Community Development department will present the ins and outs of the property development cycle and long-range planning guided by the Village's Comprehensive Plan, the Economic Development Strategic Plan, and local ordinances.

Session 3: Fire and EMS Services

Date: October 7, 2021         Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm            Location: Fire Station 14 - 2250 Patriot Boul​evard 

This session is an opportunity for the residents of the Village to experience and learn about the inner workings of the Fire Department. Not only will members get the chance to participate in exciting opportunities like using the “Jaws of Life", scaling a 50 foot ladder, or using a fire extinguisher, but they will also learn valuable lessons regarding home fire safety, CPR, and the history of the Glenview Fire Department.

Session 4: Public Works Services/Resolution Center

Date: October 14, 2021         Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm            Location: Public Works - 2498 East Lake Avenue

The Public Works Department, in conjunction with the Resolution Center, will be providing an in-depth overview of the work-order process and how a resident's request gets handled among the various departments. This is also a great opportunity to check out the equipment and machinery that the Public Works Department utilizes to keep our community clean and safe!

Session 5: Police Services

Date: October 21, 2021         Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm           Location: Village Hall - 2500 East Lake Avenue

The Police Department will be providing participants a glimpse of the Citizen's Police Academy through an overview of the department's functions followed by a station tour. Participants will get a chance to walk through the lockup, the equipment garage, the evidence collection area, the investigations unit, and more.  

Session 6: Dispatch Services

October 28, 2021     Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm     Location: Village Hall - 2500 East Lake Avenue

The Village operates two redundant state of the art geo-diverse 9-1-1 police and fire dispatch centers serving a population over 217,000 residents including Glenview and 13 other communities. This is an opportunity for participants to learn about the consolidated dispatch operations and how this benefits our community and some of our neighbors. There will also be a chance to tour one of the two dispatch facilities operated by the Village.

Session 7: Government Budgeting and Completion Ceremony

Date: November 4, 2021         Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm           Location: Village Hall - 2500 East Lake Avenue

Glenview's Citizen Academy will conclude with an overview of the Village's budget structure. This is an opportunity to learn about how your tax dollars support Village services and programs, the Village's revenue structure, and how the Village builds its zero-based budget every year. The latter half of this session will consist of a completion ceremony of Glenview's Citizen Academy.

If you have any questions, please contact Zhanna Badasyan from the Management Services department through email at or via telephone at (847) 904-4137.



Q: If I am selected, do I need to attend every session?
A: Unless there are serious circumstances, participants are expected to attend every session. Please contact Zhanna Badasyan or via telephone at (847) 904-4137 if there are any concerns about any dates.

Q: Does the Glenview Citizens Academy cost anything?
A: The program is completely free of charge.

Q: As a non-Glenview resident, am I able to apply?
A: Yes, anyone over the age of 18 may apply but preference will be given to Glenview residents and business owners prior to other considerations. ​