Special Purpose Districts-The =se districts have specialized areas within the community. The most obvious district you are familiar with is a school district like SD 148. One you may not have heard of is the Mosquito Abatement District. Have you ever heard a truck rolling through your neighborhood at 10:00 at night spraying stuff out of the back of a truck? That was likely a truck with mosquito pesticide to reduce their population. What other special purpose districts are there?
County-You live in Cook County. There are some parts of your government controlled by the United States, Illinois, or the village you live in. Some other local parts of government are under county control. The Cook County Sheriff for example covers areas that are not operated by a town. Hospitals, jails, parks and forest preserves are operated by county governments.
Townships-Thornton Township offers food assistance, senior services, and youth services. They also work very closely with the local high schools: Thornton HS, Thornridge HS and Thornwood HS. They also help to repair local roads and the assessment (figuring out how much something is worth) of houses in the area.