Michael Saville was born and raised in Aurora, attended McCleery Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, graduated from West Aurora High School and earned his BA degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Alderman Saville is employed at RealManage - Aurora.
Alderman Saville officially became active in the community in 1980 when he was appointed to the Aurora Planning Commission and served until 1985. Alderman Saville was appointed to the Aurora City Council in 1985. In 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023 he successfully ran for re-election as Alderman of the Sixth Ward.
He was a member of the DuKane Valley Executive Committee from 1986 to 1990 and served for one term as its Vice-Chairman. Alderman Saville is also a past member of the Aurora Downtown Redevelopment Corporation (Aurora Downtown). Alderman Saville is the originator of the Riverwalk Commission as well as its Chairman since its inception in 1988.
Alderman Saville has been serving on the Aurora City Council as Alderman since 1985. In 1986 he proposed an ordinance to establish a Riverwalk Commission, which the City Council adopted in 1987 and in 1988 they started meeting with him as the chairman. He has served on the Planning & Development Committee, Government Operations Committee, Finance Committee and was the alternate for the Building, Grounds and Infrastructure Committee from 2013-2015. He has been unanimously voted as the next Mayor Pro Tem. He is currently the Chairperson of the Public Health, Safety, and Transportation (PHST) Committee, and a member of the Building, Zoning and Economic Development (BZE) Committee.
Alderman Saville, the originator of the annual City of Lights Ukulele Festival in downtown Aurora.
Alderman Saville was first elected in April of 1985 and re-elected in 2019.