Prospect Heights City Council Reevaluates Zoom Meetings 

Prospect Heights, a town that embraced the virtual world during the COVID-19 pandemic, is now reassessing its utilization of Zoom for city council meetings. The city officials have made the decision to shift their focus towards in-person engagement 

The Shift Away from Zoom Meetings 

Despite the discontinuation of Zoom meetings, there are exceptions for elected officials to participate via Zoom for defined reasons, as permitted by state law. This allows for flexibility while prioritizing the smooth functioning of the city's governance. 

Community Engagement Takes Center Stage 

The decision to prioritize in-person engagement aligns with Prospect Heights' commitment to open dialogue and inclusive decision-making. By returning to the pre-pandemic meeting format, the city hopes to create a conducive environment for constructive discussions 

Will Prospect Heights completely eliminate virtual meetings?  

No, there will be exceptions for elected officials to participate in virtual meetings for defined reasons, as permitted by state law. However, the focus will be on in-person engagement for the broader community. 

What led to the decision to discontinue Zoom meetings?   

Concerns over technical difficulties and the potential violations of the Open Meetings Act prompted the city council to reevaluate the use of Zoom. The decision was made to ensure compliance with legal obligations and provide equal accessibility to all residents. 

How will community engagement be enhanced with the shift to in-person meetings?    

City officials believe that face-to-face interactions foster a stronger sense of community and facilitate better communication. By returning to in-person meetings, the city council aims to create a conducive environment for constructive discussions and active participation from community members.