Crete Township is located in Will County, Illinois and is home to 23,530 people according to the 2016 census.
America's oldest form of government marks its 150th anniversary in Illinois this year. Township government was created in Illinois by the Constitution of 1848.
Constitutional delegates gave each county the option to choose between the township form of government or a county commission form of government.
In 1849, the first townships were formed in Illinois and began operating a year later.
Today, 85 of Illinois' 102 counties operate under the township government system and 1,433 townships serve more than 8 million people throughout the state.