Council elections are held every 2 years in off year (odd calendar year) elections in the spring. The Mayor and Council members serve 4 year terms. At-Large positions run opposite the Mayor and Ward elections. The next At-Large elections will be in 2025, 2029, 2033 and Mayor and Ward elections will be conducted in 2023, 2027 and 2031.
Interested in Running for Office?
Interested in running for a City Council seat in Sterling? Please contact the City Clerk's office by calling 815-632-6630 or by email.
In addition to registering at the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services facility, on the Secretary of State website, and at Whiteside County offices, you may also register with the City Clerk's office. When coming to register, please bring two pieces of identification that verify your name and address. To be eligible for an election, you must register 30 days prior to an election.
You may pick up and return Absentee Ballot Applications at the Whiteside County Clerk's office; visit the Whiteside County website to learn more.