Born and raised in the city he now leads, Mayor Richard C. Irvin made history when he was elected mayor of Aurora, Illinois in 2017, the first African-American to hold the position in Aurora’s 180-year history.
A graduate of East Aurora High School, Mayor Irvin obtained his undergraduate degree in Business from Robert Morris College and his Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University School of Law. He later served as a substitute teacher in East Aurora Schools and as a professor at Robert Morris College and Northern Illinois University. Mayor Irvin has been inducted into the alumni hall of fame for all three educational institutions.
An attorney by profession, Mayor Irvin is a former Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and former prosecutor for Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office where he also served as program founder and community-based prosecutor for the successful Weed and Seed Program in Aurora. He is a small business owner of the Law Offices of Richard C. Irvin.
He is a proud veteran of the United States Army who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and a former alderman-at-large for the City of Aurora where he served for ten years prior to his historic election as mayor.
Mayor Irvin is currently two years into his first four-year term. With the new themes of “There’s Something Happening Here” and “Aurora is Open for Business,” he has spearheaded new levels energy, enthusiasm, engagement and economic development in the City of Aurora. During the past two years, Aurora has been transformed into the leading smart city of the region and has recently implemented a comprehensive Smart City Technology Plan and launched the 605 Innovation District.
Aurora, which is called the City of Lights because it was one of the first cities in America to use electric street lights, has now become the City of Light Speed under the leadership of Mayor Richard C. Irvin.