City of Ottawa, Illinois

council picture 5 2015

Back Row: Commissioner James Less, Commissioner Tom Ganiere
Front Row:  Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut, Mayor Robert Eschbach, Commissioner Dan Aussem

 The City of Ottawa, incorporated in 1853, operates as a non-home rule municipality. Ottawa is governed under the Commission form of government consisting of a Mayor and four Commissioners. The Mayor and four Commissioners are elected at large at the municipal election and hold office for four years.

Regular meetings of the City Council are held at 7:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday each month at City Hall. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

City Council meetings are videotaped and broadcast on Mediacom local channel 19 the Saturday following the meeting at 1:30p.m. and the following Tuesday at 7:00p.m.

For information regarding agendas items and minutes, go to City Council Minutes & Agendas, or contact the City Clerk's Office at 815-433-0161. As always, we welcome your phone calls and written correspondence. You may contact any City Council member by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by regular mail to City Hall, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350, or by calling 815-433-0161.

Robert M. Eschbach
815-433-0161 Ext. 110 Phone
815-433-2270 Fax

Daniel F. Aussem
Commissioner of Public Property
815-433-0161 Ext. 136 Phone
815-433-2270 Fax

Thomas G. Ganiere
Commissioner of Public Health & Safety
815-433-0161 Ext. 137 Phone
815-433-2270 Fax

Wayne A. Eichelkraut, Jr.

Commissioner of Accounts & Finance
815-433-0161 Ext. 135 Phone
815-433-2270 Fax

James J. Less
Commissioner of Public Improvements
815-433-0161 Ext. 134 Phone
815-433-2270 Fax