Palatine Township Linking Policy/Disclaimer
The Palatine Township hyperlinks policy, (“Linking Policy”), establishes the criteria used by the Township to determine whether a third party website may be placed on the Palatine Township website. This policy applies to the Township’s website, identified as www.palatinetownship-il.gov, and all subwebs, mirror sites and web pages contained within the Township’s website.
The website created and maintained by Palatine Township is not intended to be a traditional public forum, a designated public forum or a limited public forum. The Palatine Township website is operated for the purpose of providing access to local government information, departments, services, and programs. In furtherance of this intent, Palatine Township believes that it is beneficial to provide links to websites outside of the control of the Township under certain circumstances. The links included within the Township’s web pages will allow a visitor to leave the Palatine Township website and go directly to the linked website. The selection of which links to make available on the Palatine Township website shall constitute governmental speech rather than private speech.
Links are limited to those websites that are deemed relevant to the mission of Palatine Township, serve the Township’s governmental purpose, and satisfy one of the following specific categories:
- Websites that promote tourism, industry, and economic welfare of the Palatine Township community.
- Websites that are owned and operated by newspapers of general circulation (as defined by Illinois State Statutes).
- Websites that are owned and operated by local, state, the federal government and educational agencies.
- Websites that are owned and operated by utilities that serve the residents of Palatine Township.
- Websites of organizations that receive direct financial support from Palatine Township.
In order to avoid the appearance of the Township’s endorsement of political content, links shall not be provided to websites that sponsor or promote a candidate for elected office, or that sponsor or promote any political party or organization, whether for election purposes, ballot proposals or otherwise.
Nothing in this policy shall guarantee that a business or non-profit organization shall be linked to on the Palatine Township website. Palatine Township reserves the right not to provide a link to any website that contains obscene or objectionable images and/or text, and further reserves the right to remove links to Web sites that no longer fulfill the above requirements or cannot be accessed reliably.
Palatine Township provides links to third party websites only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Palatine Township of the third party website or the information, products, content or services contained on such Web site. The linked websites are not under the control of Palatine Township and the Township is not responsible for the contents of any linked website, or for the contents any other links contained within the linked website. Palatine Township is further not responsible for any changes or updates to such websites. Palatine Township does not warrant or guarantee that the information accessible through the links on its website is timely, authoritative, accurate or factual. Palatine Township is further not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any linked site.
Visitors to the Palatine Township website assume the entire risk related to the use of any data on the Township website or on the linked websites. Palatine Township staff provides information on the Township website. While we try to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we cannot guarantee that it will be uninterrupted, that it will always be entirely current, that it will be error-free, or that the web pages or the servers that make it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. In no event will Palatine Township be liable to a visitor or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or lost profit resulting from any use or misuse of the data on the Palatine Township website or any linked website.
To request that Palatine Township provide a link to your website, please send a request in writing, including the name, internet address and a brief description of the purpose of your website, directly to the Township Administrator, 721 South Quentin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067.