HOW WE SERVE YOU
The township form of government was created to bring government closer to the people they served. Since our founding in April 1850, New Trier Township has served the local interests of its residents and our officials remain directly accountable to the voters who elected them. As the Township’s Chief Executive Officer, my role is to formulate township policies and supervise their enactment. My job also includes participation in the development and approval of the township budget, as well as the hiring of Township employees. Additionally, I also serve as chairman of the Township Board of Trustees.
By Law, Illinois townships are charged with the basic function of general assistance for the indigent. As your Supervisor, I have the responsibility of issuing General Assistance to eligible persons living in New Trier Township. General assistance provides for food, shelter, and emergency relief for people in extreme need.
SERVICES & PROGRAMS
In order to meet the demands of rapidly changing times, New Trier Township has established numerous services and programs that help people realize their full potential and strengthen our communities. In addition to General Assistance, New Trier financial assistance includes child care and camp scholarships, emergency and crisis financial support for those who do not meet the strict requirements of the General Assistance program set forth in the Illinois Public Aid Code, and support for residents caring for a disabled family member at home (known as “Community Support Grants”). The Township also addresses food scarcity by serving residents in need at our community Food Pantry. In addition, the Township contracts with local organizations to fund programs that address the unique needs of residents with developmental disabilities or struggling with their mental or physical health, individuals and families in crisis, low-income residents, domestic violence or intimate partner survivors, seniors, and vulnerable youth, including our award-winning Peer Jury program which provides victims and non-violent youth offenders with rehabilitative justice and prevents recidivism. Senior residents are empowered to age in place while breaking down the barriers of social isolation through subsidized transportation services. We have also developed partnerships with other governmental entities and officials to best serve residents through office hours in Town Hall.
New Trier Township is also amid our first Decennial Review. The Decennial Review Committee will study the Township’s governing statutes, ordinances, rules, procedures, powers, jurisdiction, shared services, intergovernmental agreements, and interrelationships with other governmental units and the State before submitting a report to the Cook County Board by November 9, 2024. The public is encouraged to weigh in on the same.
It is an honor my privilege to serve you and the greater community.
Gail S. Eisenberg, Supervisor