Township Government is one of the oldest forms of government continuing to function today. 


In 1787 the Congress of the Confederation of the United States adopted the Northwest Ordinance, in which six-mile-square areas were created in the territories of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818, and a new Constitution in 1848 created townships as we know them today. The Annual Town Meeting is mandated by state statute and over 1,400 Illinois townships meet on the second Tuesday of April. The meeting includes reports from elected officials, recognition of township volunteers and a guest speaker. The 162nd Annual Town Meeting was held April 12, 2011, at the North Shore Senior Center’s Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus in Northfield. View photos of the 2011 Annual Town Meeting.

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