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Tuesday, April 02, 2013


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I believe Evanston Township is coterminous with the City of Evanston and that the city county serves double duty as township board, though there are separate budgets, etc. I know there was talk of merging the city and township at one point.

Not all township systems are the same. I grew up in a small township in Minnesota (green leaf) and we had no township government, all governance was handled at the county level, with a representative who covered multiple townships.

I could be wrong, but nothing I can find on the internet seems to suggest that the township has any officials, or budget, etc.

Green Leaf township seems to exist today purely as a voting district/census tract. And this could be true for other townships in the state as well.

By the way, Indiana tried to abolish its townships, which do even less than Illinois' and in which nepotism is even more rife than Chicago if you can believe that. However, it failed. Largely because the townships were viewed as the "farm team" for state level politicians.

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