Ela Township, Lake County, Illinois

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Ela Township
Location in Lake County
Location in Lake County
Lake County's location in Illinois
Lake County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 42°11′52″N 88°03′49″W / 42.19778°N 88.06361°W / 42.19778; -88.06361Coordinates: 42°11′52″N 88°03′49″W / 42.19778°N 88.06361°W / 42.19778; -88.06361
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lake
Established November 6, 1849
 • Supervisor Lucy A. Prouty
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (93.0 km2)
 • Land 34.4 sq mi (89.1 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
Elevation 830 ft (253 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 42,654
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 0428944
Website elatownship.org

Ela Township is a township in Lake County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,654.[1]


The township form of government, modeled after the New England town meeting, was established in the United States after 1785, when federal legislation authorized states to create 36-mile (58 km) square township rectangles. In Lake County, Ela Township was established in 1835 with Lake Zurich as its principal settlement.

The function of the township is to manage roadways, provide care for the needy and establish land values for use by other entities, such as the county and villages.

Care for the needy is an important part of the township function. In Ela, general assistance to the poor through holiday baskets, support of county shelters, and substance abuse programs has been expanded under the current leadership of Supervisor Robert Grever. Aid to the elderly is provided by assisting Meals on Wheels, providing buses for the handicapped and seniors, and helping the Catholic Charities of Lake County. Youth programs like Omni Youth Services and post-prom activity programs are also given township assistance.

The township holds meetings every month to discuss budgets, problems, and outstanding business. The annual town meeting is held on the second Tuesday in April every year.


Ela Township covers an area of 35.9 square miles (93.0 km2); of this, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) or 4.24 percent is water. Lakes in this township include Ashley Lake, Bresen Lake, Echo Lake, Forest Lake, Lake Germaine, Lake Louise, Lake Zurich and Leo Lake.

Cities and towns[edit]

The United States Census data from the year 2000 shows Arlington Heights, primarily in Cook County, extending slightly into the southeast corner of Ela Township (covering 0.00 sq mi), as well as the southwest corner of Vernon Township (covering 0.01 sq mi) directly to the east of Ela.[2] However, the Lake County GIS shows an even smaller extension into Vernon Township and none into Ela.[3]

Adjacent townships[edit]


The township contains three cemeteries: Fairfield, Lake Zurich and Saint Matthew Lutheran.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • Honey Lake Heliport
  • Rotor Swing Heliport

Railroad lines[edit]


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