It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to Hanover Township. For 160 years, Hanover Township has been a leader in providing a high quality of public service to the residents we serve. From the rural duties of providing transportation routes for our farmers, bringing their food to market; to providing professional and efficient human services to over 101,000 residents; Hanover Township has been a constant, and integral part of our community.
The rural government was concerned with collecting the tax, stray animals, control of weeds, and maintenance of roads. After spring and fall rains, roads were apt to become long black ditches of mud, so this was quite a chore. The Clerk organized the machinery for elections. Another function, "poor relief" was minimal.
Rural days in Hanover Township ended with the westward spread of the Chicago metropolitan area. It was the rich land that beckoned farmers to this vicinity. That land has now been taken over by subdivisions, shopping centers, and industrial developments. The windmills and creameries are long gone, and only a few white farm houses and barns remain. The Milwaukee Road trains which once hauled milk cans into Chicago are now carrying commuters. But township government lives on, adapting to the changing time, still meeting the needs of the residents. Those needs, of course, have changed dramatically.
Today, Hanover Township provides essential Human Services to Township residents. From providing a food pantry that serves over 700 families a month to managing a senior center which assists our older adult population maintain an active and independent lifestyle; Hanover Township is a place where great service happens.
I am very pleased to say that Hanover Township enjoys very generous support from our community. The residents not only donate food to our food pantry, as do many businesses; but many provide their time and financial donations to the Hanover Township Foundation. This 501 (c) (3) charity has existed since 1995 and is overseen by a three member board. This organization continues to actively work closely with our neighbors and Township departments to continue to provide quality services to all.
Please take this opportunity to explore the resources of this website, and continue to check back often, as we are constantly changing and adding content to meet the needs of our residents. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Brian P. McGuire