BIOGRAPHY

Michael P. Collins

Mayor Collins was elected to the Village Board in 2009. He previously served as a Village Trustee from 1999-2007. He also served as a Plainfield Fire Protection District Trustee from 1989-1999.

Mayor Collins is a lifelong resident of Plainfield, who graduated from Plainfield High School, and then earned an Associate’s Degree from Joliet Junior College. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1964-1968 and as a Plainfield Police Officer from 1968-1969. He then worked for the Illinois State Police from 1969-1998.

Mayor Collins currently serves on the WESCOM (Western Will County Communications Center) Board and is a member of the following organizations:
• Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) and the Strategic Policy Council
• Will County Governmental League (WCGL)
• International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
• Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce
• Plainfield Fire Department (Lifetime Member)
• Plainfield Moose #2491 (Charter Member)
• Retired State Police Association of Illinois
• District 202 Foundation for Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame

Under Mayor Collins’ leadership, economic development has flourished with expansions occurring at Diageo and Mega Sports, and the creation of the Village’s Economic Development Advisory Task Force and Business Evolution Center.

Mayor Collins is also proud of the infrastructure and traffic improvements that have occurred during his tenure including construction of the Lockport Street Pedestrian Bridge; the expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant; and the installation of the Plainfield/Naperville Road water main. Traffic signals have also been installed at Route 126 and Essington Road, Route 59 at the entrance to St. Mary Immaculate, and at Route 126 and Meadow. The installation of red light traffic cameras has resulted in a 20% reduction in traffic accidents.

Intergovernmental cooperation is important to Mayor Collins.  During his tenure, the Village renewed boundary agreements with the Village of Romeoville and the City of Joliet. In addition, the Village continues to work with the Villages of Bolingbrook and Romeoville on plans for the expansion of the I-55 interchanges. Recently, the Mayor worked with representatives from Canadian National and the City of Crest Hill to move instrumentation equipment to help prevent railroad crossing blockages in Plainfield.

Mayor Collins strongly supports recycling programs and instituted the popular battery recycling program for residents at Village Hall. In addition, he supported the recent rollout of the At Your Door service which provides residents with a convenient and easy way to recycle electronics and household hazardous waste at home.

The Village has worked hard to preserve the historic downtown with the creation of the Downtown Historic District and through the Facade Improvement Program. Both the Trolley Barn and Opera House Building received funds from the Facade Improvement Program and are nearing completion.

Mayor Collins has an open door policy and residents who wish to contact him should call the Village Hall at (815) 609-6100 or e-mail him.

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