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Evanston Residents Vote to Abolish Township

With 44 of 53 precincts reporting, 63 percent of residents expressed their desire to do away with Evanston Township in the binding referendum.

Updated Wednesday 7:55 a.m.

With all precincts reporting, the consensus is still clear: voters want to do away with Evanston Township.

The final tally was 4,776 or 64 percent of voters in favor of abolishing the township; 2,738 voters wanted to keep it. Turnout was 19 percent.

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It looks like Evanston Township will soon be no more.

With 44 of 53 precincts reporting as of 9:45 p.m., 63 percent of voters said they wanted to abolish Evanston Township in Tuesday’s binding referendum. This comes two years after residents voted 2-1 to abolish the township in an advisory referendum.

Illinois has the most townships of any state, at 1,433, 20 of which have the same boundaries as a municipality.

For more information on the township system in the state, click here.

The City of Evanston has introduced a plan that would transfer the duties and responsibilities of the township to the city.

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Ali March 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Why? What brought this up and why change it?
John Tips March 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Townships are an archaism left over from when we drove a horse and buggy! Today we no longer have to spend hours, days, or even weeks to go to our county seat to voice our needs, or discerns as we did 100 years ago! Technology and automobiles have given us the freedom to evolve past the requirement for townships! Local villages, cities, and county governments can easily absorb the services which townships now provide! Townships as they are today - should be abolished as an repetitious governmental body in Illinois as a whole! The finances all townships now hold in reserve should be redistributed among all counties in our state, and be used to repair our infrastructure!
Park Ridge Taxpayer March 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Thank you, Evanston, for setting a good example that the rest of Crook County can follow.
Arika Walker March 19, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Helping Evanston residents reduce their tax burden is a direct conflict of interest for the city. The more they help, the less they get. They may be talking the good talk right now but based on the decades I have watched our local government, when it comes time to walk the walk they will stroll at best. Think about our library and the city's solution when times were tight... Also, will our high school require a name change since here is no longer a township? Wow...think of the cost involved in that!
jim March 19, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Arika Was it a Conflict of Interest for the Township to help Residents?

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