Manhattan Township is located in the heart of Will County, Illinois. Our township has thirty-six square miles within its jurisdiction. While not all residents of the township reside in the Village of Manhattan, all village residents reside in the township. Township government has the distinction of being one of the oldest forms of government functioning in the United States today. In Illinois, the township form of government was provided by the Illinois constitution of 1848 when residents in their respective counties were allowed to vote to establish township government. Manhattan Township was officially established in 1853.
The powers expressly granted to Manhattan Township by State Statue include providing General Assistance to families in need, the fair and equal assessment of all real estate within our jurisdiction, and road and bridge maintenance outside the village municipality. Based on needs demonstrated by our community, Manhattan Township also provides transportation services and co-sponsored luncheons for seniors, electronic recycling, food pantry, voter registration and recommendations for Will County Land Use applications.
Regular Meetings held the second Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. of each month at the Manhattan Township Hall, 230 Wabash St., Manhattan, IL.