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: Click for a list of Immediate Needs along with our general list. Click for 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.

Supervisor’s Letter

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

                                                                                                                                   – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

By now, everyone knows November 3, 2020 is Election Day. For Illinoisans, it includes one US Senate Seat, all US Representatives, all State Representatives, some State Senators, County positions, and more. Every time you do not vote, you give up something that holds powerful value. Your greatest influence lies with local school boards, villages, park districts, and even the Township. These elected positions, next spring, regulate property taxes, local laws, and other changes. A nearby park could be sold, a school could be closed, or your home could be a consequence of imminent domain. It is still important to vote in the presidential election, just do not forget our local elections.

Many people fear precinct voting on the day of the election. Be assured, all precincts will have protocols for cleanliness or you can choose to early vote. If you vote by mail, be sure to have your ballot signed and postmarked by November 3rd or your vote will not count. On Election Day and beyond, I encourage all to be gracious and respectful, no matter who wins any race.

Since 1850, Palatine Township has always been a community of good people. We are fortunate to have professional and dedicated police officers who keep us safe. Being a retired officer myself, I know the difficulties each one faces in ordinary times, but these are extraordinary times. Have compassion for those whose job is one of the most difficult. Their children want to have them home safe too. We are privileged to have a diverse community and access to genealogy testing, which has provided connections to newly discovered relatives. It’s proof we all might be connected in some way.

This has been a tough year. Nevertheless, the Township residents have sustained me with hope and the belief that we will continue to be good people who will always be there for each other. Enjoy all of your holidays, stay healthy and safe, and remember, you can open any door with just a smile.



Sharing important information about Unemployment Fraud. 


Click for the press release with detailed information.




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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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