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Illinois has 1,431 townships. It had 1,432 until 2014, but the City of Evanston and its voters went through the process of dissolving the township and consolidate services elsewhere.

Because of the state’s ballooning deficit, bills are pending in the state legislature that would make it easier for other communities to eliminate their townships. It rarely happens, but trustee elections have been contested because of this — as in the New Trier Township election this year. (Learn about candidates through this League Of Women Voters survey.)

Now we want to hear from you! Do you support making it easier for township governments to be abolished?