”Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Every year, many grow melancholy at the end of one year and the beginning of another. Some think of things never accomplished and the overwhelming list of things needing attention this year. Being the eternal optimist, I find the good sides to each.
2017 brought us new volunteers, ideas, our ability to help those in need more efficiently. A portion of our roof was replaced with a newer and more energy efficient foam product, a new phone system installed allowing for enhanced communication with staff and board members, and increased training for all staff aiding in serving you better.
In 2018, our new .GOV website is up, senior and disabled transportation has become more efficient due to new programming, and we are working towards new programs to aid our most vulnerable. Constituents should be delighted the overall Town and General Assistance levy was lowered from the previous year. Township is roughly 2% of your tax bill so you may not notice the reduction, even so, you have the awareness we are keeping budgets within reason.
Illinois legislature is back in session, filing and passing bills, which will affect all of us, including a few “anti-Township.” Many of our local legislators lack understanding of all the services Townships provide. Some Legislators have not personally had difficulty feeding their children, keeping the heat on, or needed daily transportation for a loved one or themselves, being a senior or disabled. Township transportation allows residents to attend dialysis treatments, school or the grocery store. Resident’s use of the Assessors free property tax appeal service has increased over the years, as one cannot afford to pay an attorney each time. Keep an eye out for bills which eliminate your services and how your State Representative or Senator votes.
As always, feel free to contact me with anything.
Palatine Township Center
721 S. Quentin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Monday 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, 8:30 AM to Noon
- February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
- March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
- March 16
- March 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
- March 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0
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.