A township is
a political and geographical subdivision of a county and state.
It is a municipal corporate body, that can own property, sue and
be sued, borrow money and levy taxes in accordance with state statutes.
A township's elected officials may act for the electorate in the
township's name when conducting business. McHenry County is divided
into 17 townships. Generally, there are eight officers in each township,
elected for terms of four years: Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, Highway
Commissioner and four Trustees. The annual meeting of the township
electors is held on the second Tuesday in April. Townships have
many duties and some permissive powers. Services, which are expressly
required of all townships, include providing for welfare assistance,
buildings and maintaining rural roads and assessing property. In
addition, townships may establish libraries, community buildings,
recreation districts, cemeteries and youth committees.