Local Government Resources

It is claimed this area was a beach 10,000 years ago. After countless ages of geological swamps, marshes and sloughs, the prairies dominated the landscape with groves of trees, flowers and wild life in abundance!

Markham, at the southern tip of Lake Michigan, had been a crossroad for early pioneers. In 1861, a treaty was made with the Ottawa, Chippewa and Pottawatomi Indians which ceded a corridor of land located between the mouths of Chicago and the Calumet Rivers
to the settlers. The southern boundary, known as the Indian Boundary Line was to run along a line which is now Interstate 57, which runs through our city.

The Village of Markham was established in 1925 with a population of less than 300. In the middle 1930’s the Croissant Park subdivision was built and increased the population from 349 to 1,388. After World War II, Markham’s population doubled to 2,753 residents by 1950. The village developed into a bedroom community as residents sought homes, not industry. An airport developed at 165th and Kedzie and was the nearest field to Chicago outside the urban smog range. The airport site was near the location which is now the Cook County Sixth District Courthouse. On August 24, 1967, the Village of Markham was incorporated, as a City.

In 1860 a German immigrant named Lawrence Roesner made his way to the southern boundary and settled on land located in the northwestern corner of Markham. He brought with him six seedlings from the Black Forest of Germany and planted them along the
Indian Boundary line. “This Lone Pine Tree” was adopted as the official City symbol in 1985. The lone survivor of six pine trees brought from the Black Forest in 1860, died in 1986. The Markham City Council appropriated money to get a replacement tree from the Black Forest in Germany, which the Markham Garden Club planted that year.
Read more about the history of the City of Markham at Encyclopedia of Chicago

16313 S. Kedzie Parkway
(Hon. Evans R. Miller Pkwy)
Markham, IL 60428
Phone: 708-331-4905
Fax: 708-331-8667
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Markham City Hall is
open for service:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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1925 - 2012

Current Population 12, 620



Mayor's Office - Mayor David Webb, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Liquor License Commissioner

City Clerk's Office - Jennifer Coles
- Keeper of records and Corporate Seal
- Vehicle/Motorcycle Stickers
- Animal Tags
- F.O.I.A. Requests
- Tag days/Requests/Proclamations, etc.
- Local Election Official
- Voter Registration www.voterinfonet.com
- Vital Records- Birth and Death certificates are generally available in the city where the birth or death occurred.
**Cook County Vital Statistics are available at the 6th District Markham Courthouse.

Treasurer's Office - Karen Cohn
- Collection and disbursement of all corporate revenues
- Appropriation Budget
- Annual Treasurer’s Report

Legal Department
Attorney Steven R. Miller
- Legal counsel and prosecutor for the City

Police Department
Mack Sanders, Chief

James Walker, Deputy Chief
Jack Genius, Deputy Chief
- Law Enforcement/ Public Safety
- Traffic, Emergencies, General public assistance

Fire Department
Ronald "Ron" Moaton, Fire Chief
- Fire prevention and safety
- Emergency response and assistance

Building/Housing Department
TyWayne Wilson, Department Head
- Building Permits/Inspections
- Occupancy Permits
- Petition Applications
- Business License Applications

Public Works Department - 708-798-1004
Todd Clayton, Superintendent
- Water and Sewer
- Streets and Sanitation
- General Maintenance
- Snow Removal
- Garbage pickup service is provided by Homewood Disposal

Water Billing Department - Toyia Dean, Water Department Director
- Billing & Payments
- Temporary/Construction Meters
- New Service/Shut Off

Human Resources
Latrice Merriweather, Director
- Personnel matters

In-House Court
Michelle Broughton-Fountain, Adjudicator
- Judicial proceedings of code violations

U. S. Senator
Dick Durbin
230 South Dearborn Street
Suite 3892
Chicago, IL 60604
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone:(312) 353-4952
Fax: (312) 353-0150

309 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: (202)224-2152
Fax: (202)228-0400

1st District – District Office
Bobby L. Rush
3235 W. 147th St
Midlothian, IL 60445
708-798-6000 708-385-9550

2nd District – District Office
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
17926 S. Halsted
Homewood, IL 60430
Washington, D.C.Office
2268 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4372 / Fax: (202) 226-0333

Washington, D.C. Office
2419 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0773 / Fax: (202) 225-0899

State Senators
15th District
James T. Meeks
2050 E.159th St.
Calumet City, IL 60409
19th District Office
M. Maggie Crotty
15028 S. Cicero Ave Unit A
Oak Forest, IL 60452

State Representatives
38th District
Al Riley
600 Holiday Plaza Dr. Ste 535
Matteson, IL 60443

Pat Quinn
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St. Ste. 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601

Cook County Commissioner
 Deborah Sims (5th District)
118 N. Clark St. Suite 567
Chicago IL. 60602
312-603-6381 / 708-371-4251

Springfield Office
M113 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8066 / Fax (217) 782-6895

Springfield Office
311 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-9595

30th District
William “Will” Davis
1912 W. 174th St
East Hazel Crest, IL 60429


LIBRARY - The Bradford/Anderson/Oglesby Public Library located at 16640 S. Kedzie. Provides books, magazines, records, tapes, video cassettes, movie film, compact discs and recordings for the blind which may be ordered through the Suburban Library System. Phone (708) 331-0130

SENIOR SERVICES - Golden Age Chateau, 15652 S. Homan, provides a variety of activities for seniors. They include bingo, travel, blood pressure screening and much more. Phone (708) 331-0233

PARK DISTRICT - The Markham Park District is a separate taxing body and maintains 11 parks. For information about programs offered, call (708) 596-3366

HOSPITAL SERVICES - Hospital services are provided by South Suburban hospital in Hazel Crest, Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, St. James Hospital at the Olympia Fields campus, and MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.

City Hall is CLOSED on the following holidays:

New Year´s Eve
New Year´s Day
Martin Luther King Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Good Friday
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

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