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Good news! At the March 18, 2014 Primary Election Evanston Township voters voted to abolish their township government.A magnificent victory! 6,595 votes were cast. Recorded votes... Yes to abolish 4,170 (63%). To keep 2,425 (37%). Illinois has 7;000 tax supported governments, 2,100 more than any other state. State Senator Daniel Biss, 9th District, Skokie, sponsored SB1585 which created ballot access for this tax saving referendum.Thank you Senator Biss for all of your hard work! 
The Township... "What If Question"

The most persistent and appropriate question that arises is how, if eliminated, are the township services going to be provided going forward.
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Take Action! If you want to get real change to happen call your representatives and tell them how you feel about the "What If Township" question. Call one or more county board members; their numbers are listed below.

Abolish Township Government in Illinois? 

Invest in government efficiencies, abolish township government in Illinois.

 

Townships:

  • Obsolete
  • Inefficient
  • Wastes money

 

Township Government in Illinois was established in the mid-1800's as a local government to serve a rural society of farmers and settlers.  Now, in the 21st century, in an urban society, township government has become an extra layer of government and expense. 

 

Illinois township governments help make Illinois, with 7,000 governmental units, the state with the largest number of governments in the nation.  

 

How Illinois' 7000 governments compare with neighboring states :

  • Indiana 2,976
  • Iowa 1,904
  • Wisconsin 2,752
  • Ohio 3,534
  • Michigan 2,727

 

One of the ways to reduce the property tax burden would be to eliminate township government.  Townships receive 94% of their revenues from property taxes (as compared to city government's 10% and county government's 40%). 

 

Note:

--Illinois has 102 counties.  85 of these have township government; the 17 that do not, are located in the rural and southern part of the state, and instead have county form of government.

 

--In the United States there are thirty (30) states that do not have township governments.  There are no township governments in the southern or western states.

 

--Since 1902, townships have been inactive in the City of Chicago.