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Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois

Thornton Township
Location in Cook County
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Cook County's location in Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Established 1850
 • Type Township
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 169,326
 • 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
Area code 708
FIPS code 17-75198[1]
GNIS feature ID 0422238
Website .comthorntontownship

Thornton Township is one of 30 townships in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2010 census, its population was 169,326.[2]

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.[2]

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.


  • Geography 1
    • Boundaries 1.1
    • Cities and villages 1.2
    • Adjacent townships 1.3
    • Cemeteries 1.4
    • Major highways 1.5
    • Airports and landing strips 1.6
    • Lakes 1.7
    • Forest Preserves 1.8
    • Colleges 1.9
  • Political districts 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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.[2]


Thornton Township is bordered by Western Avenue on the west, 138th Street on the north, the Indiana state line on the east, and 183rd/186th Street on the south.

Cities and villages

Adjacent townships


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.

Major highways

Airports and landing strips


  • Green Lake
  • Homewood Lake
  • Izaak Walton Lake
  • Powder Horn Lake
  • Swets Lake
  • Wampum Lake

Forest Preserves

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


Political districts

  • 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".  
  • United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • United States National Atlas
  1. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Thornton township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 

External links

  • Thornton Township official website
  • Township Officials of Illinois
  • Cook County official site
  • Illinois State Archives
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