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Palos Township, Cook County, Illinois

 

Palos Township, Cook County, Illinois

Palos Township
Township
Location in Cook County
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Cook County's location in Illinois
Coordinates:
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 60457, 60462, 60463, 60464, 60465, 60480, 60482
GNIS feature ID 0429523
Website .org.palostownshipwww

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

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

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

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

Governance

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.

Duties and Powers of the Supervisor

The Township Supervisor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Township and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Township along with the following other duties:

  • Chairing all meetings of the Township Board;
  • Serving as Township Treasurer;
  • Serving as Supervisor of General Assistance;
  • Serving as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.


Current Township Elected Officials

  • Supervisor Colleen Grant-Schumann (Palos Heights - Republican)
  • Clerk Jane Nolan (Palos Hills - Democratic)
  • Assessor Robert E. Maloney (Palos Hills - Democratic)
  • Highway Commissioner Gene Adams (Palos Park - Republican)
  • Trustee Brent Woods (Worth - Republican)
  • Trustee Richard C. Riley (Palos Hills - Republican)
  • Trustee Sharon M. Brannigan (Palos Heights - Republican)
  • Trustee Pam Jeanes (Palos Park - Republican)

Adjacent townships

Cemeteries

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

Major highways

Airports and landing strips

  • Palos Community Hospital Heliport

Lakes

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

Landmarks

  • 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

Political districts

  • Illinois' 1st Congressional District - Congressman Bobby Rush (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

  • United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • United States National Atlas

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local p = {}


-- Helper functions


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local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

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function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
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return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
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end

return p
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External links

  • Palos Township official website
  • City-Data.com
  • Illinois State Archives
  • Township Officials of Illinois
  • Cook County official site
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