Palos Township, Cook County, Illinois

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Palos Township
Township
Location in Cook County
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Cook County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°41′05″N 87°51′11″W / 41.68472°N 87.85306°W / 41.68472; -87.85306Coordinates: 41°41′05″N 87°51′11″W / 41.68472°N 87.85306°W / 41.68472; -87.85306
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Area
 • Total 35.37 sq mi (91.62 km2)
 • Land 33.91 sq mi (87.83 km2)
 • Water 1.46 sq mi (3.79 km2)  4.14%
Elevation 604 ft (184 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 54,615
 • Density 1,610/sq mi (621.8/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 60415, 60439, 60455, 60457, 60462, 60463, 60464, 60465, 60480, 60482
GNIS feature ID 0429523
Website www.palostownship.org

Palos Township is one of thirty townships in Cook County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 54,615.[1] In 1850 the small town of Trenton, Illinois, changed its name to Palos. This recommendation was made by M.S. Powell, the local postmaster, whose ancestor supposedly sailed with Christopher Columbus from Palos de la Frontera. When it incorporated as a Village in 1914, Palos officially became Palos Park. The neighboring communities of Palos Hills and Palos Heights incorporated at later points. All three municipalities lie within Palos Township.

Township Duties[edit]

According to Illinois law, Townships are responsible for the maintenance of Township roadways, the governance of the General Assistance program and the assessment of real property. In Cook County, Townships are not responsible for assessing real property as the Cook County Assessor performs that function.

Some Townships have adopted other duties including the provision of health services. Palos Township runs a Health Clinic providing low or no cost physical examinations, sick visits, cholesterol tests and screenings, pregnancy tests, blood pressure screening, immunizations and other services.

In 2013, the voters of Palos Township elected four new trustees who have expanded the services of the Township. The new Board of Trustees is currently working on bringing new services to township residents in the form of expanded veterans services, college scholarships, neighbor in need programs and others.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Palos Township covers an area of 35.37 square miles (91.6 km2); of this, 33.91 square miles (87.8 km2) (95.86 percent) is land and 1.46 square miles (3.8 km2) (4.14 percent) is water.

Boundaries[edit]

Palos Township is bordered by Harlem Avenue (Illinois Route 43) on the east, 135th Street on the south, Will-Cook Rood on the west and 87th Street on the north. The northwest border with DuPage County is along the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (managed by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago) which connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River.

Cities, towns, villages[edit]

Governance[edit]

Palos Township is governed by a Township Board of Trustees sometimes called the Township Board or Town Board. The Town Board consists of five voting members and includes the elected Township Supervisor and four elected Township Trustees.

The Town Board is responsible for providing a budget and taxes sufficient to run the operations of the Township Government each year. The Supervisor is a voting member of the Town Board but is also the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Township.

The Township Clerk, Assessor and Highway Commissioner are elected officials, however they do not have a vote on the Town Board.

Current Township Officials

  • Supervisor Colleen Grant-Schumann (Republican)
  • Clerk Jane Nolan (Democratic)
  • Assessor Robert E. Maloney (Democratic)
  • Highway Commissioner Gene Adams (Republican)
  • Trustee Brent Woods (Republican)
  • Trustee Michael Lebarre (Republican)
  • Trustee Richard C. Riley (Republican)
  • Trustee Sharon M. Brannigan (Republican)

Adjacent townships[edit]

Cemeteries[edit]

The township contains these three cemeteries: Fairmount, Oak Hill and Sacred Heart Catholic.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • Palos Community Hospital Heliport

Lakes[edit]

  • Bull Frog Lake
  • Hambone Lake
  • Horsetail Lake
  • Maple Lake
  • Papoose Lake
  • Tuma Lake

Landmarks[edit]

  • Orland Grove Forest Preserve
  • Palos Sag-Valley Forest Preserve

These Cook County Forest Preserves woods:

  • Burr Oak Woods (west quarter)
  • Cherry Cliff Woods
  • Crooked Creek Woods
  • Forty Acres Woods
  • Groundhog Slough Woods
  • Henry De Tonty
  • Hickory Hills Woods
  • Hidden Pond Woods
  • Mcclaughry Springs Woods
  • Mcmahon Woods
  • Paddock Woods
  • Palos Park Woods
  • Paw Paw Woods
  • Pioneer Woods
  • Pulaski Woods
  • Saganashkee Slough Woods
  • Spears Woods
  • Swallow Cliff Woods
  • Tampier Slough Woods (east half)
  • White Oak Woods
  • Willow Springs Woods
  • Wolf Road Woods

Education[edit]

Political districts[edit]

  • Illinois' 1st Congressional District - Congressman Bobby Russ (D)
  • Illinois' 3rd Congressional District - Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D)
  • State Senate District 14 - Senator Emil Jones, Jr. (D)
  • State Senate District 16 - Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D)
  • State Senate District 18 - Senator William Cunnigham (D)
  • State House District 27 - Monique D. Davis (D)
  • State House District 31 - Mary E. Flowers (D)
  • State House District 32 - André Thapedi (D)
  • State House District 35 - Representative Fran Hurley (D)
  • State House District 36 - Representative Kelly Burke (D)
  • Cook County Board District 6 - Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy (D)
  • Cook County Board District 17 - Commissioner Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman (R)
  • Cook County Board of Review District 1
  • 4th Judicial Sub-Circuit
  • 15th Judicial Sub-Circuit

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Palos township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 

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