Thursday, April 6th, 2017

House Passes Bill Making It Easier to Dissolve Townships

Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that would amend Illinois’s Township Code. House Bill 496, which would take immediate effect if passed, proposes to amend the Township Code to make it easier for a city council of a township and/or registered voters of a township to dissolve a township that exists within the same or substantially the same boundaries as a municipality.

Specifically, the bill removes existing threshold requirements for dissolution, including that:

  • the municipality’s city council exercises powers and duties of the township board, or in which one or more officials serve as an officer or trustee of the township;
  • the township be located within a county with a population of 3 million or more
  • the township contain a territory of seven square miles or more.

For a proposition to dissolve a township to be placed on a ballot, the Township Code still mandates that the township’s city council pass an ordinance allowing for such a resolution, or a petition supporting dissolution of the township must be signed by a minimum of 10 percent of the registered voters of the township. If a township were to be dissolved, by operation of law, the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations and responsibilities would vest in and be assumed by the municipality.

Kristin G. Good

Author: Kristin G. Good