OAK PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, D-Chicago, recently took part in Township Day hosted by Oak Park Township in order to highlight the vital services townships provide for Illinoisans.
“Township government is one of the oldest forms of government in the United States and the closest form of government to the people, providing a direct, grassroots way for citizens to interact with local government,” Lilly said. “In Illinois, township governments like Oak Park Township provide critical services to local residents, including property assessment, maintaining certain roads and bridges and providing general assistance for citizens in need.”
In Illinois, township government is the closest form of government to citizens and annually features a town meeting that allows citizens to have a direct say in how their government functions. At town meetings, held each April, township citizens are allowed to vote on items including the ability to offer new services, eliminate existing services and local regulations.
Many townships, such Oak Park Township, offer additional services for citizens. Oak Park Township has a community mental health board to help coordinate and fund mental health services, an at-risk youth intervention program and a senior meals program.
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