There is little doubt that township government provides little service to folks in cities and villages.
Assessment of property is the only function that touches every home and business owner.
True, municipalities receives a portion of road taxes, but obviously, the villages and cities maintain their own streets.
The third statutory “benefit” is general assistance. It is de minimis.
Here is the only current way that I can think of to eliminate township government, first presented at the first Township Consolidation Task Force meeting.
Have the McHenry County Board create a new township composed only of incorporated areas.
For example, Lakewood and Crystal Lake could be designated “Crystal Lake Township.”
Elect officers pledged to abolish the new township at the earliest opportunity.
Have the new township officials approach the Illinois General Assembly and ask permission to hold an abolition referendum in the new township, which would be coterminous with the two municipalities.
The legislature has done so for two coterminous townships, Evanston and Belleville, so the request could well be enacted.
The only impediment at this point, as far as this non-lawyer can see, is Jack Franks’ law prohibiting the creating of new governments for a two-year period.