About Preemption

Township government has served both the rural and urban residents of Illinois since 1848. Although Illinois’ 1,432 townships still function according to provisions of the Township Act of 1874, amendments to the act have kept township government as modern as any and more progressive than most. Township government is grassroots government, the closest level of government to the people.

By statute, three services are to be provided by townships: a general assistance program to qualifying residents, property assessment, and maintenance of township roads and bridges. General assistance at the township level provides immediate help to the destitute, according to local standards and needs, and with local dollars. Accurate property assessments provide income through tax levies for all local governments. The greater the proficiency of the township assessor, the more equitable the taxes paid by the property owners.

(Illinois Comptroller’s Office, 2023)

Upcoming Events

  • June 25, 2024
    Township Meeting
  • July 23, 2024
    Township Meeting
  • August 27, 2024
    Township Meeting
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    Township Meeting
  • October 22, 2024
    Township Meeting
  • November 26, 2024
    Township Meeting
  • December 24, 2024
    Township Meeting