The City of Oglesby is a commission form of government. Elected officials include a mayor, commissioner of accounts and finance, commissioner of electric, commissioner of public health and safety and a commissioner of streets, water and wastewater. Appointed officials are city clerk, city attorney and chief of police. All serve 4-year terms.
The city functions by fund accounting with a $17 million operating budget. City offices are located at 110 E. Walnut St., Oglesby, IL 61348. All city records, ordinances, licenses, permits, payroll, utility billings, monies collected, city seal are obtained at City Hall.
There are approximately 28 full-time and 30 part-time employees. Appointed board members include inspectors, plan commission, park, police, E-911, zoning, design review and ambulance board members.
The public can request information and public records from the city clerk and assistant city clerk who are designated FOIA officers at 110 E. Walnut St., Oglesby, IL 61348. The first 50 pages are provided at no charge. Additional copies are 15 cents each.
On December 7, 2009, the Oglesby City Council approved the 2009 City of Oglesby Comprehensive Plan. This long-range plan, intended to guide growth and development within the community, is the result of months of research, meetings and discussions involving the Plan Commission, the business community, residents and North Central Illinois Council of Governments. It is a living document, meant to be revisited, reviewed and revised as necessary; as such your comments and suggestions are welcomed. By clicking here you will be able to read the entire Comprehensive Plan. You may need a small program called Adobe PDF Reader to view these pages. If so, please click here and then you will be able to enjoy the 2009 City of Oglesby Comprehensive Plan.
At the start of the Civil War, Oglesby was appointed Colonel of the 8th Illinois Infantry regiment on April 25, 1861, and was soon given command of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, District of Cairo, Department of the Missouri, serving under the command of Ulysses S. Grant.
He was a well liked commander known to his troops as “Uncle Dick”. He commanded his brigade at the battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson and soon after was promoted to brigadier general (March 21, 1862). He commanded the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Tennessee, during the siege of Corinth. He was severely wounded in his chest and back at the battle of Corinth in October 1862.
Oglesby was promoted to major general on November 29, and after a period of recovery, commanded the Left Wing of the XVI Corps, Army of the Tennessee, in western Tennessee and northern Mississippi from April to July 1863. He resigned his commission on May 26, 1864, to run for governor on the Republican ticket.
Learn more about Richard Oglesby at Wikipedia.
Jim Bottomley earned Frankie Frisch’s praise as “the best clutch hitter I ever saw.”
The graceful first baseman with the sunny disposition drove in 100 or more runs six years in a row, leading the National League twice. He set a major league record with 12 RBI in a single game, when he went 6-for-6 on September 16, 1924, with two homers and a double against Brooklyn. He was the National League MVP in 1928.
Did you know … that in 1936, Jim Bottomley set the single-season record for most unassisted double plays by a first baseman with eight?
James Leroy Bottomley
Born: April 23, 1900, Oglesby, Illinois
Died: December 11, 1959, St. Louis, Missouri
Played for: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns
Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1974
Learn more about James Bottomley at the Baseball Hall of Fame website