The Village Board
The Village Board is made up of the Village President and Board
of Trustees. There are 6 elected Trustees. Each
Trustee is elected to a 4-year term with three trustees elected
every other odd numbered year.
Regular Board meetings are held on the first
and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Hinckley
Village Hall unless otherwise stated.
If the first or third Monday is a holiday, then the
Regular Board meeting will be held on the following Tuesday.
The meeting dates in April are the first and
last Mondays of the month because the fiscal year ends
The Village of Hinckley has a rich and proud
history. In the 1830's, a Mr. Hollenbeck (who lived near
Ottawa) was traveling the then-unsettled territory. He found a
fine grove of trees west of the present-day Hinckley, and named
the grove after the squaws who were tending camp.
in Ottawa, word spread of the undeveloped land, and in the
spring of 1835, John Sebree built a log house. The next year
saw more families come to the area, and soon a small town was
started at the west edge of what is now Hinckley. The
name was Squaw Grove.
Hinckley was conceived in the 1870's as the
brainchild of Francis Hinckley, president of the Chicago and
Iowa Railroad. The rail line was placed one-half mile east of
the Village of Squaw Grove, which was then named Hinckley.
From this early birth, much change and
innovation would come to Hinckley. Some key dates follow:
Methodist Church (1835), first store (1872), Hinckley has 20
businesses (1876), St. Paul's Church (1885), volunteer fire
brigade organized (1886), tornado destroys most of village
As Hinckley moves forward, it may have a new
look, but the spirit of good citizenship and village pride has
not changed. Hinckley has a proud past and a bright future.