Supervisor's Message

Sharon Johnson

Palatine Township Update and Request for Donations – 

Contact the Township if you need assistance by calling 847-358-6700 or by sending an email to

Palatine Food Pantry Needs: Immediate needs: Coffee, Condiments, Snacks, Breakfast items, Peanut Butter, Jelly and size 5 and 6 diapers. Click for the list on our Food Pantry page.

Please donate to the Needy Family Fund.  This not-for-profit plan is funded by private, tax-deductible contributions to assist residents who are at need. You can donate online by clicking on the donate button below. We will help people financially who have no income and are not eligible for unemployment. They are the first priority.

Palatine Township Press Release  –

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

                                                                                                                                   Winston Churchill

This has been a difficult year for everyone with many changes.  There is not a person in the world who has not been affected by this year’s pandemic. Many have lost their jobs and some have lost their family.  The inability to comfort a loved one in their last hour, will have an impact on family for years to come.  Be kind to those who have had losses, they will need your support.

The Township has had a significant increase in requests for financial assistance since the state shut down, and expect many more in the next year.  We have been overwhelmed by the response of residents.  The compassion our own community has shown in food and household good donations and cash, is something we can all be proud of.  Palatine Township is “People helping People.”

The Township and its amazing employees never stopped.   All staff stepped up to continue providing services without complaint or hesitation.  We continued to provide financial aid to all who needed, energy assistance, processing property tax exemptions, notary services, transportation to medical appointments and other crucial locations, and even continued our “choice” food pantry by providing check lists for the residents to choose what they needed.  Without everyone helping each other, no matter what their job description, it could not have been done.  We have some of the best and dedicated employees in the world, and the residents of the Township, are lucky to have them.

As I write this article, the Township building is open.  When I became Supervisor almost eight years ago, I had changed many bathroom features to be automatic including faucets, paper towels, and soap. I also added hand sanitizer stands all through the building.  When the Township was closed, we added webcams for staff to be able to assist where visual contact was required.  Last month, we have added Plexiglas shields to the desks and counters.  Because we had already had many precautions in place, the Township was easily able to transition and continue to provide its services without disruption.

Today, with more provisions, residents can be assured every step has been made to allow individuals comfort to come in.  Palatine Township recognizes there are medical reasons individuals cannot wear a mask.  Those individuals continue to be welcome in for services without fear of “mask shaming,” bullying, threatened or unlawfully inquired to disclose medical information, as I have personally witnessed by shameful members of the public. I ask anyone who enters the Township, to be sure they are in good health, wash hands or use sanitizer stands frequently, practice social distancing, and above all, respect others.  America has survived much worse, and we will this too.



Sharing important information about Unemployment Fraud. 


Click for the press release with detailed information.




Palatine Township Center
721 S. Quentin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Township Hours:
Monday 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday through  Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Palatine Township is suspending Saturday hours until further notice.


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In 1835, the first settlers arrived in what is now Palatine Township.They settled in wooded areas such as Deer Grove, Englishman's Grove, Highland Grove (Inverness), and Plum Grove. Palatine township was originally designated “Township 42” by State Constitution. In 1850, the townspeople gathered at a local schoolhouse to choose a new name for the township.It is very likely that the name Palatine originated from the “Palatinate” area along the Rhine River in Germany, The European home of many of our early settlers.

About Palatine Township

The Township of Palatine is located in northwest Cook County within the Chicago area. While Palatine Township is the same geographic size as most townships in Illinois, 36 square miles, it is among the most heavily populated with 113,000 residents. We are proud to share our geographic area with all or part of Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, and Schaumburg. Our borders are: East - Wilke Road; West - Huntington Road; North - Lake Cook Road; South - Central Road. The people of Palatine Township enjoy the opportunity to choose from suburban bedroom communities and areas, rural sections and urbanized "downtown" areas.

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