Serving Our Community with Pride

Algonquin Township is the largest township in McHenry County with a population of over 87,000 residents, covering 48 square miles.

General Assistance

The Supervisor administers the state-mandated General Assistance fund, which provides limited financial assistance for qualifying Township residents in need.

Property Assessment

Each year, our office reviews each area of the Township to determine if there are any changes to the market value based on sales within the Township.

Public Notices & Documents

The Township Clerk is responsible for transparency pertaining to public notices and records.

Road District

The Algonquin Township Road District services township roads and provides brush removal, senior transportation, and community recycling events.

Contact Info

3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Township Supervisor: Randy Funk

Phone:  (847) 639-2700 X7
Fax:  (847) 639-4529
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Assessor: Richard S. Alexander, CIAO

Phone:  (847) 639-2700 X5
Fax: (847) 829-9222
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Highway Commissioner: Danijela Sandberg

Phone:  (847) 639-2700 X6
Fax:  (847) 639-4529
Monday–Friday: 6:30 am–3:00 pm

Township Clerk: Maureen Huff

Phone:  (847) 639-2700 X7
Fax:  (847) 639-4529

About Us

Algonquin Township Overview

Townships are the oldest form of local government in the country, brought by settlers from New England in 1636. Townships began operating in Illinois in 1849 to accommodate the needs of their local communities before municipalities were formed. Township government is the most effective form of government for the needs of its population—as it serves its local constituents both geographically and philosophically.  Illinois townships are mandated to provide 3 services: property assessment, assistance to the needy, and road maintenance.

Algonquin Township is the largest township in McHenry County with a population of over 87,000 residents, covering 48 square miles. The Township includes the communities of Algonquin, Barrington Hills, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Lake In The Hills, Port Barrington, Lakewood, Oakwood Hills, and Trout Valley. The Algonquin Township provides a high quality of life for its residents by providing road maintenance, General Assistance, and property assessment in a fiscally responsible manner.

Monthly Township Meetings Are Open to The Public

Where: Algonquin Township Office, 3702 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
When: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
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Crystal Lake Cemetery
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Chunn’s Burying Ground
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Crystal Lake Cemetery
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Chunn’s Burying Ground
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Crystal Lake Cemetery

Crystal Lake Cemetery
ln 1836 Ziba Beardsley honored the clarity of the lake near his home by dubbing it Crystal Lake and the cemetery adopted the same name. Established in 1840, the Crystal Lake Cemetery was the first public burial ground in Algonquin Township, with Ella King of Crystal Lake being the first burial that year.

Since then, nearly 1,200 burials have taken place at this 2-acre cemetery, including 54 veterans and about 450 of children.

The Crystal Lake Cemetery is the final resting ground for many significant people who are part of Crystal Lake and Algonquin Township history.  These include:

  • Beman and Polly Crandall – credited as being the first settlers of Crystal Lake
  • Hannah Beardsley Wallace – credited as being the first school teacher in Crystal Lake. She and her first husband, Franklin Wallace (also buried here), were married in 1840. Beman Crandall was the Justice of the Peace performing the ceremony, and this was the first marriage performed in Algonquin Township.
  • Ziba Beardsley (Hannah’s older brother) – is said to be the one who stood on the shores of our beautiful spring-fed lake and declared, “the waters are as clear as crystal.”
  • John Brink – local government surveyor who ran many of the township dividing lines throughout northern Illinois. He is also credited with many of the earliest plat maps of McHenry County.
  • William Day Gates – of Terra Cotta fame and his father, Simon S. Gates who at one time had owned much of Algonquin Township, are both buried here.
  • Colonel Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer – Their house, home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society, is the only structure in Crystal Lake listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 54 veterans are buried at the Crystal Lake Cemetery, broken down as follows: 1-Patriot’s War, 6-War of 1812, 45-Civil War, 2-WWI

Ownership of the cemetery was transferred to Algonquin Township in the late 1990s.  At the April, 2000 Algonquin Township Annual Town Meeting, the citizens of Algonquin Township voted to apply for landmark designation for the Cemetery.  On August 15, 2000, the Crystal Lake City Council voted unanimously to approve the application for Landmark Designation of the cemetery.

The Landmark Designation bestows legal protection to the property for the purpose of preserving its public character and history.  The City’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) provides the necessary oversight.

Any changes to a landmarked property require submittal and approval by the HPC of a Certificate of Appropriateness.  This oversight is necessary as well-intentioned cleanings or repairs to headstones can actually cause more harm than good.

Beginning in 2020 and under the guidance of the HPC, Eagle Scout candidate, Mitchell Hopkins, led a team of volunteers to clean several veteran’s headstones at the Crystal Lake Cemetery.  Since then, the HPC adopted a project to clean all of the veteran’s headstones.  Additionally, biographies for each of these veterans are being researched and written with the intent to compile a book/booklet with this information.

The township has a copy of a written inventory completed by volunteers of the McHenry County Genealogical Society. An online pictorial inventory of the cemetery can be found on the Crystal Lake Historical Society’s website cl-hs.org/cemetery/lakeavenue/.

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Crystal Lake Cemetery

Crystal Lake Cemetery
ln 1836 Ziba Beardsley honored the clarity of the lake near his home by dubbing it Crystal Lake and the cemetery adopted the same name. Established in 1840, the Crystal Lake Cemetery was the first public burial ground in Algonquin Township, with Ella King of Crystal Lake being the first burial that year.

Since then, nearly 1,200 burials have taken place at this 2-acre cemetery, including 54 veterans and about 450 of children.

The Crystal Lake Cemetery is the final resting ground for many significant people who are part of Crystal Lake and Algonquin Township history.  These include:

  • Beman and Polly Crandall – credited as being the first settlers of Crystal Lake
  • Hannah Beardsley Wallace – credited as being the first school teacher in Crystal Lake. She and her first husband, Franklin Wallace (also buried here), were married in 1840. Beman Crandall was the Justice of the Peace performing the ceremony, and this was the first marriage performed in Algonquin Township.
  • Ziba Beardsley (Hannah’s older brother) – is said to be the one who stood on the shores of our beautiful spring-fed lake and declared, “the waters are as clear as crystal.”
  • John Brink – local government surveyor who ran many of the township dividing lines throughout northern Illinois. He is also credited with many of the earliest plat maps of McHenry County.
  • William Day Gates – of Terra Cotta fame and his father, Simon S. Gates who at one time had owned much of Algonquin Township, are both buried here.
  • Colonel Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer – Their house, home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society, is the only structure in Crystal Lake listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 54 veterans are buried at the Crystal Lake Cemetery, broken down as follows: 1-Patriot’s War, 6-War of 1812, 45-Civil War, 2-WWI

Ownership of the cemetery was transferred to Algonquin Township in the late 1990s.  At the April, 2000 Algonquin Township Annual Town Meeting, the citizens of Algonquin Township voted to apply for landmark designation for the Cemetery.  On August 15, 2000, the Crystal Lake City Council voted unanimously to approve the application for Landmark Designation of the cemetery.

The Landmark Designation bestows legal protection to the property for the purpose of preserving its public character and history.  The City’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) provides the necessary oversight.

Any changes to a landmarked property require submittal and approval by the HPC of a Certificate of Appropriateness.  This oversight is necessary as well-intentioned cleanings or repairs to headstones can actually cause more harm than good.

Beginning in 2020 and under the guidance of the HPC, Eagle Scout candidate, Mitchell Hopkins, led a team of volunteers to clean several veteran’s headstones at the Crystal Lake Cemetery.  Since then, the HPC adopted a project to clean all of the veteran’s headstones.  Additionally, biographies for each of these veterans are being researched and written with the intent to compile a book/booklet with this information.

The township has a copy of a written inventory completed by volunteers of the McHenry County Genealogical Society. An online pictorial inventory of the cemetery can be found on the Crystal Lake Historical Society’s website cl-hs.org/cemetery/lakeavenue/.

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Chunn's Burying Ground

T.R. Chunn & Joshua M. Stevens were partners and the original settlers and owners of this property. Chunn died the day after Christmas in 1843 and was buried here on his property, hence the name of the cemetery. His partner Joshua Stevens also died shortly thereafter. The cemetery came back into Chunn ownership in 1860 when C.C. Chunn bought it for $25.

Click here for more on Chunn’s Burying Ground: https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-j-z/planning-development/commissions-committees-boards/local-historic-landmarks/chunns-burying-ground

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Chunn's Burying Ground

T.R. Chunn & Joshua M. Stevens were partners and the original settlers and owners of this property. Chunn died the day after Christmas in 1843 and was buried here on his property, hence the name of the cemetery. His partner Joshua Stevens also died shortly thereafter. The cemetery came back into Chunn ownership in 1860 when C.C. Chunn bought it for $25.

Click here for more on Chunn’s Burying Ground: https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-j-z/planning-development/commissions-committees-boards/local-historic-landmarks/chunns-burying-ground

Upcoming Events

Services

Activities: Free and Open to All
Bingo, Chair Yoga, Computer Classes, Bridge, TOPS Weight Loss Group, SWAT (Striders, Walkers and Talkers) and more!

Check our calendar for details.

Hall Rental
Free, max capacity for tables and chairs is 164. Call 847.639.2700 X7 for reservations.
Recycling – Year- Round

Cell phones, glasses, hearing aids, retired flags, broken down cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, tires-nominal fee, shoes, clothes, aluminum, and metal cans.

Call 847.639.2700 X6 or click here for more info.

Recycling - Special Recycling

Dates for this year are the last Saturday of each month from April thru October, 9 am–11 am. Items accepted include paint (fee), one TV or monitor per household, small appliances, and oil.

Call 847.639.2700 X6 or click here for more info.

Free Mulch, Sandbags, and Sand

Call 847.639.2700 X6 or click here for more info.

General Assistance
For financial aid to meet basic maintenance needs provided on a monthly basis, call 847.639.2700 X7... more info 

Click here to download an application for General Assistance.

Emergency Assistance

Provides financial aid to help alleviate a life-threatening circumstance or help pay for work related expense necessary to obtain or maintain employment, call 847.639.2700 X7... more info 

Notary Service

Notary Public Services are available on site Monday – Friday 8am-4pm during business days. Closed on Holidays.

  • No Charge for Service.
  • Please bring a picture State ID.
Bus Transportation Within the Township for Those in Need

Call 847.639.2700 X6 for reservations or click here for more info.

RTA Permit Application

RTA Sr. Permit applications may be completed at the Township office.

AARP Tax Preparation

By appointment only, watch website for January signup date.

Brush Drop-off
Please submit request online or call 847.639.2700 X6.

Click here for more info.

Brush Pick-up
Please submit request online or call 847.639.2700 X6

Click here for more info.

Sign Reservation: Advertise Your Message on Route 14!
Click here to download our Sign Reservation form.
Property Tax Homestead Exemptions

Call 847-639-2700 x5 or visit the Assessor's page for more info.

Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption

Call 847-639-2700 x5 or visit the Assessor's page for more info.

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze

Call 847-639-2700 x5 or visit the Assessor's page for more info.

Water Test Kits

Test kits available through PCD Lab, Inc., kits need to be returned to PDC labs.

Rules of the Road Books

Click here to download the Illinois Rules of the Road book via PDF.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Coming Spring 2022.

Free Coast2Coast Discount Prescription Card

Save up to 75% on prescriptions. Cards may be picked up at the Township office. Click here to create your free prescription card.

Activities: Free and Open to All
Bingo, Chair Yoga, Computer Classes, Bridge, TOPS Weight Loss Group, SWAT (Striders, Walkers and Talkers) and more!

Check our calendar for details.

Hall Rental
Free, max capacity for tables and chairs is 164. Call 847.639.2700 X7 for reservations.
Recycling – Year- Round

Cell phones, glasses, hearing aids, retired flags, broken down cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, tires-nominal fee, shoes, clothes, aluminum, and metal cans.

Call 847.639.2700 X6 or click here for more info.

Recycling - Special Recycling

Dates for this year are the last Saturday of each month from April thru October, 9 am–11 am. Items accepted include paint (fee), one TV or monitor per household, small appliances, and oil.

Call 847.639.2700 X6 or click here for more info.

Free Mulch, Sandbags, and Sand

Call 847.639.2700 X6 or click here for more info.

General Assistance
For financial aid to meet basic maintenance needs provided on a monthly basis, call 847.639.2700 X7... more info 

Click here to download an application for General Assistance.

Emergency Assistance

Provides financial aid to help alleviate a life-threatening circumstance or help pay for work related expense necessary to obtain or maintain employment, call 847.639.2700 X7... more info 

Notary Service

Notary Public Services are available on site Monday – Friday 8am-4pm during business days. Closed on Holidays.

  • No Charge for Service.
  • Please bring a picture State ID.
Bus Transportation Within the Township for Those in Need

Call 847.639.2700 X6 for reservations or click here for more info.

RTA Permit Application

RTA Sr. Permit applications may be completed at the Township office.

AARP Tax Preparation

By appointment only, watch website for January signup date.

Brush Drop-off

Please submit request online or call 847.639.2700 X6.

Click here for more info.

Brush Pick-up
Please submit request online or call 847.639.2700 X6

Click here for more info.

Sign Reservation: Advertise Your Message on Route 14!

Click here to download our Sign Reservation form.

Property Tax Homestead Exemptions

Call 847-639-2700 x5 or visit the Assessor's page for more info.

Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption

Call 847-639-2700 x5 or visit the Assessor's page for more info.

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze

Call 847-639-2700 x5 or visit the Assessor's page for more info.

Water Test Kits

Test kits available through PCD Lab, Inc., kits need to be returned to PDC labs.

Rules of the Road Books

Click here to download the Illinois Rules of the Road book via PDF.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Coming Spring 2022.

Free Coast2Coast Discount Prescription Card

Save up to 75% on prescriptions. Cards may be picked up at the Township office. Click here to create your free prescription card.

Crystal Lake Cemetery
Crystal Lake Cemetery

ln 1836 Ziba Beardsley honored the clarity of the lake near his home by dubbing it Crystal Lake and the cemetery adopted the same name. Established in 1840, the Crystal Lake Cemetery was the first public burial ground in Algonquin Township, with Ella King of Crystal Lake being the first burial that year.

Since then, nearly 1,200 burials have taken place at this 2-acre cemetery, including 54 veterans and about 450 of children.

The Crystal Lake Cemetery is the final resting ground for many significant people who are part of Crystal Lake and Algonquin Township history.  These include:

  • Beman and Polly Crandall – credited as being the first settlers of Crystal Lake
  • Hannah Beardsley Wallace – credited as being the first school teacher in Crystal Lake. She and her first husband, Franklin Wallace (also buried here), were married in 1840. Beman Crandall was the Justice of the Peace performing the ceremony, and this was the first marriage performed in Algonquin Township.
  • Ziba Beardsley (Hannah’s older brother) – is said to be the one who stood on the shores of our beautiful spring-fed lake and declared, “the waters are as clear as crystal.”
  • John Brink – local government surveyor who ran many of the township dividing lines throughout northern Illinois. He is also credited with many of the earliest plat maps of McHenry County.
  • William Day Gates – of Terra Cotta fame and his father, Simon S. Gates who at one time had owned much of Algonquin Township, are both buried here.
  • Colonel Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer – Their house, home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society, is the only structure in Crystal Lake listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 54 veterans are buried at the Crystal Lake Cemetery, broken down as follows: 1-Patriot’s War, 6-War of 1812, 45-Civil War, 2-WWI

Ownership of the cemetery was transferred to Algonquin Township in the late 1990s.  At the April, 2000 Algonquin Township Annual Town Meeting, the citizens of Algonquin Township voted to apply for landmark designation for the Cemetery.  On August 15, 2000, the Crystal Lake City Council voted unanimously to approve the application for Landmark Designation of the cemetery.

The Landmark Designation bestows legal protection to the property for the purpose of preserving its public character and history.  The City’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) provides the necessary oversight.

Any changes to a landmarked property require submittal and approval by the HPC of a Certificate of Appropriateness.  This oversight is necessary as well-intentioned cleanings or repairs to headstones can actually cause more harm than good.

Beginning in 2020 and under the guidance of the HPC, Eagle Scout candidate, Mitchell Hopkins, led a team of volunteers to clean several veteran’s headstones at the Crystal Lake Cemetery.  Since then, the HPC adopted a project to clean all of the veteran’s headstones.  Additionally, biographies for each of these veterans are being researched and written with the intent to compile a book/booklet with this information.

The township has a copy of a written inventory completed by volunteers of the McHenry County Genealogical Society. An online pictorial inventory of the cemetery can be found on the Crystal Lake Historical Society’s website cl-hs.org/cemetery/lakeavenue/.

Chunn’s Burying Ground

T.R. Chunn & Joshua M. Stevens were partners and the original settlers and owners of this property. Chunn died the day after Christmas in 1843 and was buried here on his property, hence the name of the cemetery. His partner Joshua Stevens also died shortly thereafter. The cemetery came back into Chunn ownership in 1860 when C.C. Chunn bought it for $25.

Click here for more on Chunn's Burying Ground: https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-j-z/planning-development/commissions-committees-boards/local-historic-landmarks/chunns-burying-ground