About City of Bloomington Township

Hours of Operation

The Township Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. with the exception of a short lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00p.m.

Our Mission Statement

The City of Bloomington Township is committed to faithfully and impartially administering General Assistance, Emergency Assistance and other programs to qualified recipients under statutory and emergency guidelines, to value property in a uniform and an equitable manner for tax purposes, and to properly maintain the Township Center and property for the benefit of Township residents.

Township Government in Illinois

Government closest to the people it serves is the government most accountable to them. For over 150 years, Township Government in Illinois has served the local interests of its constituents and remains directly accountable to the voters who select their representatives in local government.

The people who serve in Township Government are men and women who embody the practice of citizen government. They work in local factories, offices, retail outlets, on farms and in the home. Because they govern at the most basic level of service, they make themselves available to the people they serve.

More than any other government in North America, Township Government is operated by . . . The People Next Door.

Township History

The first North American townships were established by immigrants in Rhode Island in 1636. Township Government survives and thrives today as the oldest existing form of government on the continent. In fact, 38 of the 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 had experienced the benefits of Township Government.

In declaring that government should derive its just powers from the consent of the governed, the nation’s founding fathers reflected their faith in the model of Township Government that still exists today. Every year, Townships hold their Annual Town Meeting to give each and every citizen direct say in the operation of the township. In Illinois, the Annual Town Meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each April.

The Illinois constitution of 1848 gave voters in each county the opportunity to adopt Township Government. By 1850, the first Township Governments began operation. Today 85 of Illinois’ 102 counties operate under the township form of government and the 1,433 townships serve more than 8 million citizens.

Township Responsibility

By law, Illinois townships are charged with three basic functions: 1) general assistance for the indigent; 2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation; 3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state and other local jurisdiction.

General Assistance Townships provide food, shelter and emergency relief for needy people until they are able to support themselves. Many townships in Illinois operate food banks that guarantee the necessities of life for children.

Property Assessment Townships establish the value of all real property in the Township. The Township Assessor, in fact, is the only elected government official who must pass approved courses of instruction before standing for election to the office.

Road and Bridge Maintenance Township Government maintains over 71,000 miles of roads in Illinois-a full 53 percent of all thoroughfares in the state.

Beyond those established by state law, Township Government provides vital services to the people next door. This may include senior citizens programs, youth programs, assistance to the disabled, parks and recreational facilities, health services and cemetery maintenance. In this regard, Township Government serves its neighbors from the cradle to the grave.

Township Government Makeup

Most Illinois townships elect eight officials: a supervisor, clerk, four trustees, an assessor and a highway commissioner. Five counties-Cook, Madison, Peoria, Sangamon and Will-also elect a tax collector.  The City of Bloomington Township shares the same governing body as the City.  The City Council and the Township Trustees are one and the same.

Township Officials of Illinois

The Township Officials of Illinois, headquartered in the state capital of Springfield, serves as a clearinghouse of information for Illinois townships. TOI was founded in 1907 as Township Government’s liaison with state government and today represents 99 percent of the state’s townships.

TOI monthly publishes Township Perspective, the official source of information about Township Government in Illinois.

As a service to its members, TOI also sponsors a risk management program, TOIRMA (Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association), which was established in 1986 to provide Illinois townships with a source of protection against costly liability claims. The program is available only to townships that are members of TOI.

The Township Officials of Illinois general offices are located in Springfield.

Upcoming Events

  • June 24, 2024
    Township Board of Trustees Meeting
  • July 4, 2024
    Office Closure - Independence Day
  • July 22, 2024
    Township Board of Trustees Meeting
  • August 26, 2024
    Township Board of Trustees Meeting
  • September 2, 2024
    Office Closure - Labor Day
  • September 23, 2024
    Township Board of Trustees Meeting
  • October 28, 2024
    Township Board of Trustees Meeting
  • November 11, 2024
    Office Closure - Veteran's Day