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Laura Elton

Collector

There is an elected township tax collector in just five Illinois counties-Cook, Madison, Peoria, Sangamon and Will. Township tax collectors are prohibited in counties with populations less than 150,000.

The township tax collectors are most active in Peoria and Sangamon counties. In Peoria County, township collectors collect the majority of taxes each year prior to September 1. In Sangamon County, township tax collectors collect about 80 percent of tax payments.

Although they are statutorily provided, tax collectors are inactive in Madison, Will and Cook counties.

In counties with populations more than 150,000 but less than 3 million, the office for township tax collector may be abolished by referendum in a general election.

The township board of trustees is the legislative branch of township government. Each single township has four trustees and a supervisor, which comprise the board. Each board member, elected at-large within the township, has one vote on all issues before the township board.