The township system of government is our country’s oldest type of government. Northfield Township was established by the people to meet the common needs of residents of then widely scattered home sites nearly 170 years ago. Like all good stories, the township’s history is filled with well-known local names, ongoing action, and a mission.
Representing most of Northbrook, Glenview and part of Northfield, Northfield Township was created April 2, 1850. The early meetings dealt with the relevant issues of the day: roads and the occasional stray pig. In fact, the first ordinance passed by those attending the first meeting called for a fine for any person who “shall suffer or permit any hog, goat or pig to run at large.”
More important business items followed. Transportation represented economic and community survival for the early population. The Township Road District continues to maintain the roads and bridges in unincorporated areas, supervised by an elected Highway Commissioner. The Road District operates out of a separate facility and garage located at 236 Melvin Drive in Northbrook. The Township is responsible for maintaining and servicing a sanitary sewer system.
Today, Northfield Township serves as a liaison to Cook County to assist residents with property tax questions, offers assistance to residents through
general and emergency assistance and a food pantry, registers voters and provides passport services. Our case manager assists residents with identifying other assistance programs for which they may be eligible. Special programs are offered as well. An elected Supervisor and Board of Trustees govern the Township.
Northfield Township’s mission is to ensure consistent, high quality, efficient township services, which include:
- Maintenance of roads and sanitary sewers
- Administration of emergency and general assistance
- Provision of tax assessment counsel and services