Edwardsville Township is comprised of the City of Edwardsville, Village of Glen Carbon and unincorporated areas just outside of these two municipalities. The township is located within Madison County in southwestern Illinois.
History of Township Government
(courtesy Don L. Hastings Jr. of Edwardsville)
Township government was established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1636. Of all the forms of governments within America, this particular government is the oldest, providing continuous service. A hallmark of township government is the Annual Town Meeting held in April. Citizens gather, discuss issues, propose actions and vote to make decisions. This grassroots form of government had been closest to the people; and it might be regarded as having been among the most democratic.
Edwardsville Township originally was the federal "Township 4 North of the base line Range 8 West of the 3rd Principal Meridian". The lines dividing this township were surveyed in 1808, the subdivision lines were surveyed later, in 1813 and 1814, and the township was platted in 1815. In the present county, this survey process was stopped and held up by Native American warfare before, during and after the War of 1812. In 1802, the territory of Indiana (our county's territory) created the political township. The act provided for an annual April election for a Township Clerk and for other positions. In 1807, another act authorized a county's creation of townships. Townships could be of any size and did not have to conform to geographic ones. The "Township of Goshen" may have been created on or after 1807 and before 1812; as initial settlement did not occur until 1800 and after.
In 1813, the county of Madison appointed "overseers of the poor", one for each of four townships that were established, including Goshen. These appointments might be among the county's first township-level services. In 1820, state legislation made the federal geographic townships the "body politic for school purposes"—this appears to be the first political role for the geographic townships. In 1827, pursuant to the act, the county was divided into seven election districts. These new subdivisions may have replaced the former county townships. One was called the "Edwardsville district", which might be the first time this name was used for county subdivision purposes. In 1849 and continuing through 1875, the county was divided into sixteen "precincts", one being "Edwardsville", the largest. In addition to the thirty-six sections of the base township, this precinct contained about another sixty sections, perhaps ninety-six sections altogether. The geographic townships became county political townships.
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Edwardsville Township's Supervisor, Clerk
and Assessor offices are located at:
300 West Park St. Edwardsville, IL 62025
Township Regular Office Hours - 8:30AM- 4:30PM Monday thru Friday
Supervisor's Office Is Open Extended Hours on Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday until 6:00 PM for appointments
Low Income Energy Assistance Program Applications Now Available
Township Supervisor Office 656-0292
Township Assessor Office 656-6305
Township Highway Commissioner Office
Hays Mallory Community Building - 216 Crane St. Edwardsville, IL 62025 (Contact the Township Office for Rental Information)
Inclement Weather Closings
Edwardsville Township offices will be closed or will close early if Edwardsville School District 7 cancels school or dismisses early due to inclement weather.
Residents may check the following radio/TV outlets for school closing information: KMOX-AM (1120); KXOK-AM (630); KLOU-FM (103.3); WINU-AM (880); MIX-FM (97.1); WSIE-FM (88.7); WBGZ-AM (1570); KMOV-TV, CHANNEL 4 NEWS; KSDK-TV, CHANNEL 5 NEWS; FOX 2 NEWS/KTVI NEWS 30; CHANNEL 10 LOCAL ACCESS TV.
Parents may also check the district website at www.ecusd7.org or call the Safety Alert Hotline at 655-6090.