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 of then widely scattered home sites more than 150 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 on Lehigh Avenue in Glenview. 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 they may be eligible for. Special programs are offered as well. An elected Supervisor and Board of Trustees govern the Township.