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Illinois Township Annual Town Meeting
April 9, 2020 by: Lesley Gooding

By law, each Illinois township must hold an Annual Town Meeting on the second Tuesday in April. This year that meeting date is April 14* (see note below).  However, with ongoing limits on government services and public gatherings, the ability to comply with this statutory obligation has been in question.  


The Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) provided the following update on their website: 

On the April 7, “Governor Pritzker released Executive Order 2020-22 addressing the Annual Town Meeting scheduled for April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020.  The order specifically states the following:

  • Section1:  The provisions of the Township Code, 60 ILCS 1/30-5(a) and 30-5(b), requiring that each township’s annual meeting for calendar year 2020 be held on either April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020 are suspended through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.”

In compliance with the Governor’s order, TOI has stated there will be no Annual Town Meeting held on April 14 or April 21.  TOI will continue to provide updates and instructions on holding the meeting at a later date. 

To help stay informed on this issue, IFB will be tracking updates provided on the TOI website.  As information becomes available, look for updates on the IFB COVID-19 Resource website under the area of Local Governance:  


If Township Trustees have questions, please contact the TOI.  In the meantime, you can also visit IFB’s COVID-19 Resources website for information on this issue and other local governance topics.


*NOTE: By law, “whenever the date of the Annual Town Meeting conflicts with the celebration of Passover, the township board may postpone the meeting to the first Tuesday following the last day of Passover.  This year, in 2020, this occurs.  Because of this the Township Board may postpone the date of the Annual Town Meeting to the first Tuesday following the last day of Passover.”  In 2020 this would be April 21st.