The Village of Glenview

Citizens Academy

The Village of Glenview is excited for the return of the Citizens Government Academy! Now in Year 3, 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 appl​ication​ or can be printed and submitted using the application at this link​. A printout of the application is also available in the Village Hall lobby.

Applications for this upcoming academy will be accepted through mid-August. The Management Services department will contact selected participants to confirm their spot in the academy and inform them of the upcoming schedule. Preferences will be given to Glenview residents or business owners. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

The program will run at 6:30 p.m. Thursday nights beginning September 14 and will conclude on November 2. Please note, there will not be a session during the week of October 1.

The following is a brief overview of the different sessions.

Session 1: Village Overview

Date: September 14, 2023         Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm           Location: Village Hall - 2500 East Lake Avenue

The Glenview Citizens Academy will kick off with an overview of the leadership structure of Village government and the history of the Village from its initial formation.

Session 2: Public Works Services/Resolution Center

Date: September 21, 2023       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 3: Fire and EMS Services

Date: September 28, 2023         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", 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: Government Budgeting  ​

Date: October 12, 2023  Time: 6:30pm – 7:45pm            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. 

Session 5: Dispatch Services

Date: October 19, 2023         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 6: Police Services

Date: October 26, 2023   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 7: Business and Development

Date: November 2, 2023         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 conclude the program by presenting on 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

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 strongly encouraged to attend every session due to the high demand for spots. 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. ​