Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
|• Body||Township Board|
|• Supervisor||Frank M. Zuccarelli|
|• Trustee||Joyce M. Washington|
|• Trustee||Stafford C. Owens|
|• Trustee||Gerald “Jerry” Jones|
|• Trustee||Norbert Cipowski|
|• Total||47.42 sq mi (122.8 km2)|
|• Land||46.93 sq mi (121.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.49 sq mi (1.3 km2)|
|Elevation||620 ft (189 m)|
|• Density||3,608/sq mi (1,393.2/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||60406, 60409, 60419, 60425, 60426, 60429, 60430, 60438, 60469, 60473, 60476, 60633, 60827|
|GNIS feature ID||0422238|
Incorporated in 1850, it is located immediately south of the city of Chicago. It is the second most populous township in Illinois as of the 2010 census, after Rockford Township (pop. 178,527) in Winnebago County.
The village of South Holland serves as the governmental seat of Thornton Township. The township is named after the village of Thornton, located in the south central portion of the township. Many parts of the township carry names inspired by the village's name, including the three high schools of Thornton Township District 205: Thornton Township High School in Harvey; Thornwood High School in South Holland; Thornridge High School in Dolton; Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing; Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City and Thornton Fractional Center for Academics and Technology also in Calumet City. Supervisor Frank M. Zuccarelli was voted Supervisor of the Year in 2007 by the Township Officials of Illinois for his outstanding service to the residents of Thornton Township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Thornton Township covers an area of 47.42 square miles (122.81 km2); of this, 46.93 square miles (121.54 km2) is land and 0.49 square miles (1.27 km2) (1.03 percent) is water.
Cities and villages
The township contains these 11 cemeteries: Berger, First Reformed of Lansing, Glen Oak, Hazelwood, Holy Cross Catholic, Homewood Memorial Gardens, Mount Forest, Oak Lawn, Oak Ridge, Oakland and Washington Memory Gardens.
Airports and landing strips
- Ingalls Memorial Hospital Heliport
- Green Lake
- Homewood Lake
- Izaak Walton Lake
- Powder Horn Lake
- Swets Lake
- Wampum Lake
The following are all part of the Cook County Forest Preserves:
- Brownell Woods
- Burnham Woods
- Calumet Woods
- Green Lake Woods
- Kickapoo Meadows
- Shabbona Woods
- Wampum Lake Woods
- Wentworth Woods
- Illinois' 1st congressional district
- State House District 28
- State House District 29
- State House District 30
- State House District 34
- State House District 38
- State House District 80
- State Senate District 14
- State Senate District 15
- State Senate District 17
- State Senate District 19
- State Senate District 40
- "Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
- United States National Atlas
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Thornton township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 21, 2013.