By law, Illinois townships are charged with three basic functions:1) general assistance for the indigent; 2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation; and 3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state, and other local jurisdiction.
General assistance for the indigent
The assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation
The maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state, and other local jurisdiction
The Township Supervisor serves as Chief Executive Officer of the township. The Supervisor’s duties and responsibilities include serving as Chairman of the Township Board of Trustees, Supervisor of the General Assistance program, and Treasurer of all Town funds including General Assistance and Road and Bridge funds.
Upon taking office, the Township Supervisor must post a Surety Bond equal to the maximum amount of the funds in custody at any given time. A copy of the bond for Town Funds must be filed with the Town Clerk. A copy of the Road Funds bond must be filed with the County Clerk.
The Supervisor submits an Annual Tax Levy for the following year to the township Board of Trustees for certification prior to the last Tuesday in December.
Thirty days before adoption of the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the township, the Supervisor submits to the township Board of Trustees a tentative budget. The proposed budget is then available for public inspection and review for 30 days before final action.
The Supervisor may make or second motions, participate in all legislative discussion, and should exercise voting power on all issues before the Board.
The Township Supervisor maintains sole jurisdiction over the General Assistance Office.
Townships provide food, shelter, and emergency relief for needy people until they can support themselves. Many townships in Illinois operate food banks that guarantee the necessities of life for children.
Beyond the three mandated services, the Township Government provides other vital services to the people next door. This may include senior citizens programs, youth programs, assistance to the disabled, parks and recreational facilities, health services and cemetery maintenance. In this regard, the township government serves its neighbors from the cradle to the grave.
Township's Historical Background
Township government, established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1636, is the oldest existing unit of government continuing to serve on the North American continent. 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. The Illinois Constitution of 1848 gave voters in each county the opportunity to adopt Township Government. By 1850, the first township governments began operation. Today, 85 of Illinois’s 102 counties operate under the township form of government and the 1,428 townships serve more than 8 million citizens.
Amount of people within Naperville Township of DuPage County.
The Supervisor's Office provides 18 services to its residents.
The Naperville Township has been in operation since the mid-1800s.
Naperville Township, in partnership with the greater Aurora, Naperville & Warrenville communities, and through the efforts of dedicated employees and elected officials, will provide township services in an efficient and effective manner in order to preserve and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. We are committed to listening to and evaluating the needs of the public and shall provide services, which are responsive to the health, safety and general welfare of the entire township.
The goal of the Supervisor is to connect our residents with the services that Township government has to offer. More information can also be found on our Contact Us page.