Town Hall is located at

16 N. 4th street
P.O. Box 667
Chatsworth, Illinois 60921


(815) 635-3095

Hours of operation are:

Monday - Friday:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Closed on the following Holidays:

New Year's Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Chatsworth Ordinances












5.1.1             Establishment

5.1.2             Coordinator

5.1.3             Functions

5.1.4             Service as Mobile Support Team

5.1.5             Agreements with Other Political Subdivisions

5.1.6             Emergency Action

5.1.7             Compensation

5.1.8             Reimbursement by State

5.1.9             Purchases and Expenditures

5.1.10           Oath

5.1.11           Office

5.1.12           Appropriation; Levy of Taxes




5.1.1            ESTABLISHMENT: There is hereby created the local ESDA to prevent, minimize, repair and alleviate injury or damage resulting from disaster caused by enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action, or from nature or man—made disaster, in accordance with “The Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Act of 1975’.


This ESDA shall consist of the Coordinator and such additional members as may be selected by the Coordinator.




5.1.2            COORDINATOR: The Coordinator of the Municipal ESDA shall be appointed by the Town Mayor and shall serve until removed by same.


The Coordinator shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration, training and operation of the ESDA, subject to the direction and control of the Mayor as provided by Statute.


In the event of the absence, resignation, death or inability to serve as the Coordinator, the Town Mayor or any person designated by him, shall be and act as Coordinator until a new appointment is made as provided in this Article.




5.1.3            FUNCTIONS: The Municipal ESDA shall perform such functions within the Municipality as shall be prescribed in and by the State ESDA plan and program prepared by the Governor, and such orders, rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the Governor, and in addition shall perform such duties outside the corporate limits as may be required pursuant to any mutual aid agreement with any other political subdivision, municipality or quasi—municipality entered into as provided in “The State ESDA Act of 1975”.




5.1.4            SERVICE AS MOBILE SUPPORT TEAM: All or any members of the Municipal ESDA organization may be designated as members of a mobile support team created by the Director of the State ESDA as provided by law.


The leader of such mobile support team shall be designated by the Coordinator of the Municipal ESDA organization.


Any member of a mobile support team who is a Municipal employee or officer while serving on call to duty by the Governor, or the State Director, shall receive the compensation and have the powers, duties, rights and immunities incident to such employment or office. Any such member who is not a paid officer or employee of the Municipality, while so service, shall receive from the State reasonable compensation as provided by 1 aw.




5.1.5            AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS: The Coordinator of ESDA may negotiate mutual aid agreements with other municipal corporations or political subdivision of the State, but no such agreement shall be effective until it has been approved by the Town Mayor and by the State Director of ESDA.




5.1.6            EMERGENCY ACTION: If the Governor proclaims that a disaster emergency exists in the event of actual enemy attack upon the United States or the occurrence within the State of Illinois of a major disaster resulting from enemy sabotage or other hostile action, or from man-made or natural disaster, it shall be the duty of the Municipal ESDA to cooperate fully with the State ESDA and with the Governor in the exercise of emergency powers as provided by law.




5.1.7            COMPENSATION: Members of the ESDA who are paid employees or officers of the Municipality, if called for training by the State Director of ESDA, shall receive for the time spent in such training the same rate of pay as is attached to the position held; members who are not such Municipality employees or officers shall receive for such training time such compensation as may be established by the Town Mayor.




5.1.8            REIMBURSEMENT BY STATE: The Town Treasurer may receive and allocate to the appropriate fund an reimbursement by the State to the Municipality for expenses incident to training members of the ESDA as prescribed by the State Director of ESDA, compensation for services and expenses of members of a mobile support team while serving outside the Municipality in response to a all by the Governor or State Director of ESDA, as provided by law, and any other reimbursement made by the State incident to ESDA activities as provided by law.




5.1.9            PURCHASES AND EXPENDITURES: The Mayor may, on recommendation of the Town Coordinator of ESDA, authorize any purchase of contracts necessary to place the Town in a position to combat effectively any disaster resulting from the explosion of any nuclear or other bomb or missile, and to protect the public health and safety, protect property, and provide emergency assistance to victims in the case of such disaster, or from man—made or natural disaster.


In the event of enemy caused or other disaster, the Municipal Coordinator of ESDA is authorized, on behalf of the Municipality, to procure such services, supplies, equipment or material as may be necessary for such purposes, in view of the exigency without regard to the statutory procedures or formalities normally prescribed by law pertaining to Municipal contracts or obligations, as authorized by “The State ESDA Act of 1975”, provided, that if the Town Board meets at such time, he shall act subject to the directions and restrictions imposed by that body.




5.1.10             OATH: Every person appointed to serve in any capacity in the Municipal ESDA organization shall, before entering upon his duties, subscribe to the following oath, which shall be filed with the Coordinator:


“I, _______________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend and bear -true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the territory, institutions and facilities thereof, both public and private, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I take the obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purposes of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter. And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I nor have I been a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence; and that during such time as I am affiliated with the Town of Chatsworth ESDA organization, I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence.”




5.1.11             OFFICE: the Mayor is authorized to designate space in a Municipal building, or elsewhere, as may be provided for by the Mayor for the Municipal ESDA as its office.




5.1.12             APPROPRIATION; LEVY OF TAXES: The Mayor may make an appropriation for ESDA purposes in a manner provided by law, and may levy in addition for ESDA purposes only, a tax not to exceed five cents ($.O5) per one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the assessed value of all taxable property in addition to all other taxes, as provided by “The State ESDA Act of 1975”; provided however, that the amount collectible under such levy shall in no event exceed twenty five cents ($.25) per capita.