North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Jr. elected IML President

Amy Whitis
Updated 9/23/2019 10:41 AM

CHICAGO, Ill. (Sept. 21, 2019) -- The Illinois Municipal League (IML) elected new officers to lead the organization at its 106th Annual Conference, which was held September 19 through 21, at the Hilton Chicago. This year's IML Annual Conference was attended by more than 2,000 local elected and appointed officials.

On Saturday, September 21, the IML membership unanimously elected North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Jr. to serve a one-year term as President of the statewide organization. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2008 and served as the organization's First Vice President since 2018.


"For more than 100 years, IML has continuously worked to educate, advocate and empower municipal officials from throughout all 1,298 cities, villages and towns in Illinois," Rockingham said. "I am honored to be the first African American and the first Mayor from North Chicago to lead this outstanding organization as we look forward to continued success for the benefit of the constituents we serve."

Also elected during the conference were Mayor Ricky J. Gottman of Vandalia as First Vice President and Village President Catherine Adduci of River Forest as Second Vice President.


About Leon Rockingham, Jr.

Leon Rockingham, Jr. has served as mayor of North Chicago since 2005. Prior to his time as mayor, he worked as a systems technician for AT&T for 31 years and was a North Chicago alderman for 12 years. Additionally, he is President of the Lake County Council of Mayors, the First Vice President of Council of Mayors Executive Committee for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and is a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, as well as the Lake County Stormwater Agency since 2010.

Mayor Rockingham is a lifelong resident of North Chicago and graduated from North Chicago Community High School and attended Ohio University. In addition to continuing to advance the prosperity of the City of North Chicago, Mayor Rockingham serves in many areas as a community volunteer and strives to advance his leadership skills through training and education.

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About the Illinois Municipal League

The Illinois Municipal League is the statewide organization representing local communities throughout Illinois. Founded in 1913, IML has worked continuously for the benefit of all 1,298 municipalities in Illinois to provide a formal voice on matters involving common interests.

About North Chicago

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, North Chicago is home to the only training center for United States Navy recruits. With the involvement of its citizens, the city provides effective and responsive municipal services to a population of 32,574. Nearly 300,000 people visit the city each year to attend Navy recruit graduations, visit the world renowned Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Pharmaceutical Company, receive treatment from the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, attend medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, and visit other places, making it one of the busiest destinations in Lake County, Illinois.


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