South Jacksonville Village President
Richard (Dick) Samples

In Illinois, the Chief Executive Officer of a Municipal Village is called the President or Mayor. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-15-10

As the CEO of the Village, Village President Samples’ primary responsibility is the daily execution and enforcement of the law in South Jacksonville. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-35-5

It is the Mayor/Village President’s legal duty to:

  • Call out the militia to aid in suppressing riots and other disorderly conduct or to aid in carrying into effect any law or ordinance. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-35-25
  • Appoint (1) a treasurer (2) a collector, (3) a comptroller, (4) a marshal, (5) an attorney or a village counsel, (6) one or more purchasing agents and deputies, (7) the number of auxiliary police officers determined necessary by the corporate authorities, (8) police matrons, (9) a commissioner of public works, (10) a budget director or a budget officer, and (11) other officers necessary to carry into effect the powers conferred upon municipalities65 ILCS 5/3.1-30-5
  • Serve as the President of the Board of Trustees. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-45-5
  • Exercise veto power over Trustee ordinances and Resolutions. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-45-5
  • Administer oaths. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-15-20
  • At all times may examine and inspect the books, records, and papers of any agent, employee, or officer of the municipality. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-35-20


Just like the U.S. President, a Village President/Mayor has to appoint a team of leaders to help achieve the daily mission of the Village. In South Jacksonville, Village President Samples has entrusted only the best individuals to perform these tasks because they have many years of combined experience and are all extremely dedicated to the success of the Village.