Welcome to Normal Township
The elected officials and staff of Normal Township welcome you to this web site. In our continuing efforts to provide a high level of service to the residents of this township, we have compiled this site to offer our citizens information on township related activities.
Township government is the most basic unit of local government; truly grassroots government at work. The officials are all local residents of this township, elected by the township citizenry, and always available to talk with their constituency.
There are three main functions of township government; the assessment function, the Township supervisor's function, and the road and highway function are all directed by elected officials. In addition, the Supervisor's office, in conjunction with the Town of Normal, has established a Seniors' Program that serves that portion of our population with many programs and activities.
History of Township Government
Township government, established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1636, is the oldest existing unit of government continuing to serve in Normal America. Township government was in existence for 140 years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The wording of the Declaration of Independence reflects the fact that 38 of its 56 signers had experienced the benefits of township government.
The Declaration's statement that "government should derive its just powers from the consent of the governed" is demonstrated at the Annual Town Meeting held on the second Tuesday of each April. The Annual Town Meeting is still an important function of our nation's 17,000 townships after more than 360 years.
Township government began in Illinois in 1849. The Illinois constitution of 1848 allowed voters in each county the opportunity to adopt township government. Today 85 of the 102 counties in Illinois operate under the township form of government. There are currently 1,432 townships in the state serving more than 8 million people.
Illinois townships are required by law to perform three functions: general assistance, property assessments, and road and bridge maintenance.
Many townships provide a variety of other services, such as: senior citizens, disabled citizens, youth relief, healthy emergency, cemeteries and environmental services. Truly, Illinois' townships serve from the cradle to the grave.