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Responsibilities of the City Clerk include the duties of official scribe of the Council, maintenance of city records, including the codification of Ordinances, Local Election Authority, and business licensing authority

The City Clerk’s office is located in Kewanee City Hall, 401 East Third Street, Kewanee. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Contact info:

City Clerk
Phone: (309) 852-2611 ext 226



Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes


5 ILCS 140/1

The City Clerk is designated as the official to keep centralized records, files and information concerning the Freedom of Information Act and to coordinate activities responsive thereto among the various departments of the city. All public records, except those expressly made exempt by Section 7 of the Act, are available to any person for inspection or copying at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 401 East Third Street, Kewanee, Illinois, on Monday through Friday, at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. prevailing time, except holidays.

Written requests for information shall be submitted to Melinda Edwards, City Clerk, at Kewanee City Hall, 401 East Third Street.

Subject to the fee provision, a copy of any public record, except those exempt by Section 7 of the Act, shall be provided to any person making a written request. The City shall comply with the written request or deny such written request within seven working days after its receipt. In the event the request cannot be filled within this seven working-day period, the time may be extended for an additional seven working days for reasons listed in 5 ILCS 140/3 (c). If the written request is denied, the denial will be by letter. Written requests may be submitted on FOIA request forms provided by the City Clerk’s Office, or a form substantially in compliant with this form.

Freedom Of Information Request Freedom Of Information Request



The city has the authority to issue up to 50 liquor licenses in the City limits, through the local commissioner. In many cases, the request to sell liquor will also require a request for a special use permit.

Liquor License Application Liquor License Application

Rezoning / Special Use Application Rezoning / Special Use App.

Liquor License Regulations (Code Book)


Who is required to apply for an amusements license?

An amusements license is issued to establishments that operate coin activated amusement devices, this would include, but not be limited to video games, billiard and pool tables, bowling alleys, and motion picture theaters.

Amusements Application Amusements Application

Sale of Cigarette and tobacco products Application Sale of Cigarette and tobacco products Application

Junk Dealers/Junk yards/Scavengers Application Junk Dealers/Junk yards/Scavengers Application

Who is a peddler?

A peddler is defined as any person with no fixed place of business who goes from place to place, transporting goods or merchandise and offering the same for sale.

What if a peddler states they have a state license?

The peddler is still required to purchase a city license.

What is the cost of a peddler’s license?

The fee for a peddler’s license is $100 per year and is issued for the fiscal year of May 1st through April 30 of the following year.

Peddler’S/Solicitors License Application Peddler’s/Solicitors License Application

Auction License Application Auction License Application

When is a raffle license required?

A raffle license is required any time an organization or person sells chances at winning a prize. Chances can be sold for a maximum of 90 days. The license is valid for one raffle.

How much does a raffle license cost?

The cost of a raffle license is $10 or 1/10th of one percent of the aggregate retail value of all prizes or merchandise awarded, whichever is more.

Raffle License Raffle License

Vehicles For Hire Application Vehicles For Hire Application

Do I need an electrical license to personally perform work on my own home?

No, you do not need an electrical license if you are personally performing the electrical work. An electrical license is necessary if the work is hired out. An Electrical permit may be required.

Electrical Electrical

Do I need a roofing license to personally perform the roofing work on my home?

No, you do not need a roofing license to perform roofing work on your own home. However, if you are changing the structure or pitch of the roof a building permit will be required. A roofing license is required if the roofing work is hired out.

Roofing Application Roofing Application



All of the clerks in the City Clerk’s Office are deputy registrars and are able to accept a voter registration application at any time normally available per state statute. The City Clerk’s Office is open Monday Friday 8am to 5 pm, and is located at 401 East Third Street.


The City Clerk’s Office conducts in person absentee voting for most elections, at the request of the Henry County Clerk. The requirements that must be met to qualify for absentee voting can be found at:

Absentee Voting Requirements

Voting FAQ’s

Where do I go to vote?

The list of polling places is available at:

Polling Places

My child is away at college, can he/she still absentee vote?

Yes, they can absentee vote through the mail. An application can be obtained at the City Clerk or County clerk’s office and then mailed to the Henry County Clerk, 307 West Center Street, Cambridge, IL 61238. The County Clerk will mail an absentee ballot to your child for voting.

I would like to early vote, can I vote at City Hall?

The absentee voting that takes place at City Hall must be for a qualified reason and you must be a resident of the City of Kewanee. Early voting and mail in absentee voting are available through the Henry County Clerk, 307 West Center Street, Cambridge, IL 61238.

City of Kewanee ~ 401 East Third Street ~ Kewanee Illinois ~ 61443 ~ 309-852-2611