Supervisor's Message

Sharon Johnson”A man without a vote, is a man without protection”

                                        ~Lyndon B. Johnson

Supervisor’s Letter

November 6, 2018 is Election Day and this is a most important local election.

This year, you will choose your County officials and all State positions. These legislators determine our taxes, laws, and the survival of our communities.

It is a responsibility of every parent, employer, employee, eligible student, homeowner, senior, disabled, financially struggling, wealthy, male and female 18 years and over who are citizens of these United States to vote.  It has never been easier, so there are no excuses!  There is early and absentee voting, and even the chance to register on Election Day.

This election year will also affect the legislative map.  After the census is taken, our districts will be re-drawn.  The majority party of the House, Senate and the Governor combined determine the drawing.  Those three leaders have the sole decision of where your representative district starts and ends and are the reason the Districts all have a disjointed design.

This year, the Palatine Township Board elected to file two Advisory Referendums on the ballot. Advisory referendums are a sort of survey for the subject at hand.  One addresses County Board’s revisit of the “soda tax,” and the other, property tax exemption increase.

Note that no matter how many exemptions or tax reliefs etc. are given to a person or business, the taxes requested still are collected in whole.  This means when someone else pays lower property taxes, another person has to pay more in taxes to make up for that amount not collected from the other person or business.  Your taxes may increase more than the expected over the percentage requested by local governments.

Please feel free to contact me for any questions via email.  I remind those eligible to vote on November 6, 2018.  If not for yourself, then for those whom you care for.  We all need our “protections.”


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
Saturday, 8:30 AM to Noon

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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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