Cost of township government should not be overlooked. Township officials and employees receive benefits of health and life insurance, retirement, vacation days, holidays, personnel days, sick days and more.
Illinois has 1,433 township goverments, each with eight (8) paid elected officials. With 11,464 elected officials state-wide, there are more township elected officials than township employees. Note: townships average about eight employees, which are in addition to the eight paid elected officials.
Benefit Example: Algonquin Township McHenry County
Note: Illinois School Boards each have seven elected officials, and none of them, including the Board President, receive any salary or benefits.
Elected Official Salary--McHenry County
Many township salary and benefits exceed those paid to the private sector.