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Quality of Life | Government

The City of Ottawa was incorporated in 1853, and operates as a non-home rule government. Ottawa is governed by a council that consists of a mayor and four commissioners. Elections are held every four years. Regular meetings of the Council are held at City Hall at 7:30pm on the first and third Tuesdays each month.


The Ottawa Police Department ensures that the community maintains its low crime rate. The department has established strong community cooperation in crime prevention and developed educational programs for young people on resisting drugs, violence and gangs. Ottawa is one of the few communities of its size to have a full-time, professional fire department.


A dedicated River Rescue Squad upholds safety on the water.

Many efforts have been made by the local coalition to promote Character Counts! and citizens actively support neighborhood watch programs and youth programs. The City of Ottawa recognizes over 700 volunteers annually.


For more up-to-date information, please visit http://www.cityofottawa.org/.


Outside Ottawa Emergency: 815-433-2121


City of Ottawa
301 W. Madison St.,
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
(815) 433-0161 | fax (815) 433-2270
Hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

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