”Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Over the years I have developed a love of history. I find it fascinating the way our area developed; the place it came to be to be today. I appreciate the sacrifices of others before us. Our first Governor, August C. French, brought several residents to Springfield June 7, 1847 to work on the framing of our Illinois Constitution. The Illinois Constitution directed the separation of each county into townships, authorizing local government by the people. It included the law of the Homestead Exemption.
Due to the poor condition of Illinois roads, in 1879, the legislature introduced a law for a levy through townships or counties, in order to install “hard roads.” This was the first time public funds were used for road improvement.
This same Constitution directs the legislature not get involved in county or township affairs. If we follow the Illinois Constitution, why are the legislators trying to eliminate townships?
Many people believe if we remove townships, you will pay less tax. Not true. This only allows counties and the state an excuse to ask for more to perform the services townships no longer are around to do and, most likely, at an increased rate.
In February, I insisted our board pass the budget before any expenses were made for the following fiscal year at the promise of a shut down if not passed. This is the only responsible way to run government. As I write this article at the end of the Illinois Legislative Session, I am reminded that, historically, this legislature has failed to pass budgets. I find it farcical that these same state legislators dictate to an efficiently run township government that is providing services to those who need it most.
Contact your Illinois legislators and let them know how you value your Township. Please contact us with questions or ideas. We would enjoy hearing from you.
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
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.