The City of North Chicago is a home rule municipality governed by a Mayor and City Council comprised of seven Aldermen. The Mayor and Aldermen are elected to four-year terms and may be elected for an indefinite number of terms. Aldermen represent specific Wards in the City. (See Ward Map) This legislative body determines the strategic mission and vision, formulates policy, approves the annual budget, and determines the property tax rate. The Mayor operates as chief administrative officer of the City, and is responsible for direction and supervision of the day-to-day affairs, activities and services of the City.