township function

By law, Illinois townships are charged with there basic functions: 1) general assistance for the indigent; 2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation; and 3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state and other local jurisdiction.

General Assistance
Townships provide food, shelter and emergency relief for needy people until they can support themselves. Many townships in Illinois operate food banks that guarantee the necessities of life for children and young adults.
• General Assistance may be provided to Peru Township residents who qualify pursuant to Guidelines and Statutes set by the State of Illinois.
• Emergency Assistance is available to Peru Township residents that do not qualify for General assistance but may qualify for Emergency Assistance.
• Applications for General & Emergency Assistance are available at the Peru Township office.

Property Assessment
Townships establish the value of all real property in the township. The township assessor, in fact, is the only elected government official who is required to pass approved courses of instruction to be eligible for election to the office.

Road and Bridge Maintenance
Township government maintains more than 71,000 miles of roads in Illinois - a full 53 percent of all road miles in the state.

Other Services
Beyond those services established by state law, township government provides a community link that includes, but is not limited to, senior citizens programs, youth programs, assistance to the disabled, parks and recreational facilities, health services and cemetery maintenance. In this regard, township government serves its neighbors from the cradle to the grave.

Information above provided by the "What's My Job" booklet; http://www.toi.org/