actual government in illinois

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III TOWNS AND TOWNSHIPS IN ILLINOIS References : 1. Forman: Advanced Civics, ch. xxvii. (Hist. town and township government in general.) 2. Forman: American Republic, chs. xxiii, xxiv. (In general.) 3. J. A. Fairlie: Town and County Government in Illinois; Re port Joint-Leg. Com., 47th Gen. Ass'y, 1912, Vol II. 4. M. H. Newell: Township Government in Illinois, 1904. 111. Hist. Pubs., No. 9, pp. 467-504. 5. Revised Statutes, ch. 139. I. Meaning of Terms. There is great confusion in the use of the terms, town, township, civil and congressional townships, and incorporated town throughout the State. The following definitions are based on the Revised Statutes and decisions of the Illinois Supreme Court: The terms town, township, and incorporated town are used in various ways to describe (1) geographical and (2) civil or governmental divisions of the county or State, as follows: " 1. The term township, or its abbreviation town, is used to describe a geographical division of land, approximately six miles square. This is also known as a congressional township, because its boundaries were determined by the United States governmental survey under an act of Congress. " 2. The term township, or its abbreviation town, is also used to designate a civil division of the county. This civil township, or town, is an involuntary governmental agency; that is, it is imposed upon the people living within the territory which it embraces by a vote of the electors of the entire county, rather than by a vote of the electors who live within its boundaries. " 3. The term town, or incorporated town, as it is more frequently used, denotes a municipal corporation which in all essential respects is identical with the municipal corporation known as a village.1 The...
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