The History And Uncertain Future Of Township Government In Illinois
Yesterday we heard from Illinois Public Media’s Jim Meadows about what township government does in places like Champaign and Urbana, and how it’s been replaced in two similar-sized Illinois cities, Belleville and Evanston.
But how did the township form of government come to the state? And what is its future here?
Mike Sublett is a professor emeritus of geography at Illinois State University who has written a book on township government in the state.
Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Sublett about how township government got started in Illinois.
Sublett's book is “Township: Diffusion and Persistence of Grassroots Government in Illinois, 1850-2000.”