General Assistance

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

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Financial Assistance



Board of Trustees

Contact Info

Township Supervisor: Randy Funk

Phone:  (847) 639-2700 X7

Fax:  (847) 639-4529

Monday–Friday: 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Location: 3702 U.S. Highway 14

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

Randy Funk

Algonquin Township Supervisor

As the Algonquin Township Supervisor, Randy Funk’s role is to act as chief executive officer of the Township and chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Supervisor’s duties also include Supervisor of the General Assistance program and Treasurer of all Town Funds, Township cemetery funds and Road District funds. The Supervisor administers the state-mandated General Assistance fund, which provides limited financial assistance for qualifying Township residents in need.  The Supervisor and staff manage all services for the Township and act as a referral to direct residents to additional social services within McHenry County.

Financial Assistance

Algonquin Township General Assistance (GA)

Are you having a hard time making ends meet? Many people struggle to cover rent and mortgage payments as well as utilities (ComEd and Nicor). For residents in need, applications for financial assistance are available by appointment. Call or stop by the office to pick up an application and schedule an appointment. You must apply for assistance in the Township where you currently reside and show proof of residency.

Eligibility for General Assistance is based upon assets and household income for a 30-day period. Applicants and/or recipients that are unemployed must register at the Illinois Department of Employment Security Job Link program and actively seek employment. Grants are reviewed monthly and are paid directly to the vendor, i.e. landlord, utility company, etc. Cash is not paid to the recipient.

Basic eligibility requirements are:

  • Apply for assistance in writing.
  • Be a resident of the Township where they are applying for assistance.
  • Be registered with Illinois Job Link monthly, if not working.
  • Actively seek employment.
  • Provide all information requested by the Township.
  • Cooperate in getting information needed by the Township.
  • Follow up, in good faith, with any referrals given by the Township.
  • Keep all appointments at the Township Office.

General Assistance is intended to help residents maintain their household. Assistance may be disbursed for specific basic maintenance needs as shelter (rental/mortgage assistance), utilities, food, clothing, household supplies, personal essentials, and laundry.

General Assistance eligibility is re-determined monthly, by appointment, and as long as the recipient maintains his/her eligibility, they may continue to receive a monthly General Assistance grant.

Algonquin Township Emergency Assistance (EA)

Algonquin Township administers an Emergency Assistance (EA) program for their residents. Not all Townships have Emergency Assistance as it is an optional program. Emergency Assistance may be granted to alleviate a life-threatening circumstance or to assist in attaining self-sufficiency. The objective of EA is to assist in emergency situations, such as a disconnection notice on a utility bill, a letter of pending eviction, or an eviction notice.

If the amount needed to alleviate the emergency exceeds the payment amount adopted by the Township, the Township may not pay until the client comes up with the difference. The cooperation of several agencies may be needed to alleviate the problem.

Emergency Assistance is given only once in a 12-month period. If a township gives a client EA, that client is not eligible for EA from ANY township for a 12-month period.

A person cannot receive General Assistance and Emergency Assistance at the same time. A person must be deemed ineligible for GA before receiving EA. In addition, a person cannot receive GA or EA if they are currently receiving cash assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services or SSI from Social Security.

Applying for GA or EA

To apply for GA or EA please call the Township Supervisors office at 847-639-2700 x7 to schedule an appointment.  Please review the below document prior to calling to schedule your appointment.

Click here  to view a PDF of the Township Resource Guide.

Upcoming Events


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

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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 2021 are the last Saturday of each month from April thru October, 8am-12pm. Items accepted include paint, one TV or monitor per household, small appliances, 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.

Maintained Cemeteries

Lake Avenue Cemetery
Although the modern sign hanging at the entrance proclaims this to be the Lake Avenue Cemetery, that unimaginative name is almost as new as the sign. 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. However, Lake Avenue certainly played a prominent part in its history.

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.

AARP Tax Preparation

By appointment only, watch website for January signup date.

Activities: Free & 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.

Sign Reservation: Advertise Your Message on Route 14!
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Property Tax Homestead Exemptions

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

Senior Tax Exemption

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

Senior Tax Freeze

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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.

Assistance Resources

Township Resource Guide
Click here  to view a PDF of the Township Resource Guide.

United Way
Dial 211 on your phone. United Way will direct you to organizations ready to help in McHenry County. Visit

McHenry County Crisis Services
Free and Confidential 24 hour help and referral services.
Call 1-800-892-8900 or visit



Help is a Tap Away

Help is a tap away with the McHenry County Mental Health Board MCHELP app.  The MCHELP app can provide immediate access 24/7 to licensed mental health professionals via voice or text.  Here for you, your friends, or family, MCHELP is quick and confidential. Anything you need to talk about? Licensed mental health professionals are ready to listen and help. Call or text your concerns to MCHELP on any subject 24/7 365 days a year. New MCHELP users can download the app for free via the Google Play Store or the App store.

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Utility Assistance

The McHenry County Housing Authority has funds available and is currently helping households with money toward gas/electric/propane bills (no need to be past due on the bills), and also with past due rent assistance. Your residents do not need a shut-off notice from the utility company or a 5-day notice from their landlord to apply.  Also, we have reconnect assistance that may be available for families that have already received LIHEAP benefits this program year that are in danger of having their utilities disconnected. This program ends May 31, 2021 or when program funding is exhausted.

To determine eligibility, these programs look at a household’s gross income (before taxes) going back 30 days, or if needed, going forward 30 days. Please share this information with the families in your communities. All appointments are confidential and are being conducted via telephone. We are having residents fax, mail, or by taking a picture of the required documents and emailing to apply. We also have a secure drop box for documents to be dropped off at our office. Many of the previous requirements for these programs have been waived. We can help your residents now!

Quick Links:

  • For help with utilities click here.
  • For help with past due rent or a security deposit click here.
Past-Due Mortgage Assistance Program

New Program Opening in October, 2021:

MCHA’s past-due mortgage assistance program may provide a limited amount of assistance for homeowners who
are behind in their mortgage payment(s) due to an economic crisis that was beyond the household’s control. All
applicants must be current McHenry County residents who have lived in McHenry County for at least the past 30
days and they must reside full-time in the home for which they are applying. MCHA’s payment must bring the
mortgage current or prevent foreclosure. This program can assist with mortgage payments that include an escrow
for property taxes and homeowner’s insurance; however, it cannot assist with property tax payments or insurance
premiums that are separate (not included in an escrow). This program cannot pay for association dues. Applications
may be rejected if the property taxes and association dues (if applicable) are not current.

Gross income limits for the past 30 days listed by household size
1 $2,147
2 $2,903
3 $3,660
4 $4,417
5 $5,173
6 $5,930
7 $6,687
8 $7,443

This program is funded by a Community Services Block Grant.

Contact Sue Rose at for more information.  An application package can be obtained by clicking here.

MCHA Dental Program
Do You Need Dental Assistance?
Help is here!
Up to $2,000 in financial assistance!

McHenry County Housing Authority offers financial assistance to income-eligible McHenry County residents who need urgent dental treatment, but who lack the means to obtain the dental care. Our CSBG Dental Program serves all ages. Our Senior Dental Program is available for those who are age 55 and older, and it has a slightly higher income limit. Income limits are based on gross income (before taxes and other deductions). See the charts below for the limits.

CSBG Dental income limit for the past 30 days by household size
1 $2,147
2 $2,903
3 $3,660
4 $4,417
5 $5,173
6 $5,930
7 $6,687
8 $7,443
Senior Dental (age 55+) annual income limit by household size
1 $32,650
2 $37,300
3 $41,950
4 $46,600
5 $50,350
6 $54,100
7 $57,800
8 $61,550

Contact Kayla Prendergast at: or (815) 308-6049

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Service Area
New service areas were added to MCRide in 2019. These include general public (“all rider”) service in Fox River Grove and three new point destinations. (A point destination is a specific location that would normally be considered outside of the general public service area. However, as a designated point destination, all riders can travel directly to or from these locations.) The new point destinations are the PADS Day Center in Woodstock, Illinois Railway Museum in Union, and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

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Service Hours
Mon-Fri 6am-7pm, Sat.& Sun. 9am-5pm. No service on holidays.

Rider Fares

  • General public (all riders) will pay $3.00 for the first 5 miles of travel and $0.25 for each additional mile.
  • Seniors (over 60 years) and individuals with disabilities will pay $1.50 for the first 5 miles of travel and $0.25 for each additional mile.
Home Delivered Senior Meals Program

Catholic charities are now delivering meals to Seniors age 60 and over.  Formerly known as Meals on Wheels, this program helps home bound seniors get a daily hot nutritious meal.  If you live in McHenry County and would like to sign up for this program, please call 1-800-339-3200.

Click here to view the flyer for McHenry County residents.

Local Food Pantries

Algonquin-LITH Interfaith Food Pantry
1113 Pyott Road, Lake In The Hills, IL 60156
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 until 11 :30 am and the 1st & 3rd Saturday 9:30 am until 11 :30 am

Cary-Grove Food Pantry
St. Barnabas Lutheran Church-8901 S. Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013
Tuesday & Thursday 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sat. 8:30 to 10:30 am.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street, Crystal Lake
Mon., Wed. & Fri. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Thurs. 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Sat. 9am-12pm

Crystal Lake Food Pantry at Calvary Church
5906 S. Rte. 31
1st & 3rd Tuesday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Grafton Food Pantry
11481 Allison Court, Huntley, IL
Mon. 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Wed. 1 :00 to 4:00 pm & Fri. 1 :00 to 4:00 pm

Harvard Community Food Pantry
6817 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard
Tuesdays 9:30 to 11:30 am and 1:30 to 5:00 pm

Hebron Community Food Pantry
10317 Freeman Road, Hebron
1st & 3rd Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 pm

The Manger Food Pantry
7664 Wilmot Road, Spring Grove, IL
Sundays Noon to 2:00 pm

Marengo Area Outreach Enterprises – The M.O.R.E. Center Food Pantry
829 Greenlee Street, Marengo, IL 60152
Wed. 9 am to noon & Thurs. 4:00 to 6:30 pm

McHenry FISH Food Pantry
McHenry Township Office, 3515 N. Richmond Rd, McHenry, IL
Tues. & Thurs. 9:00-11 :30am, 3rd Tuesday 4:30 -6:30 pm.

New Life Pentecostal Church Food Pantry
309 N. Division Street, Harvard, IL
Sun. 9:00 am until noon, Wed. 6:00 -8:30 pm

Richmond Community Pantry
Memorial Hall Lower Level, 10309 Main St., Richmond, IL

Spring Grove Helping Hands Food Pantry
2502 Spring Ridge Dr., Suite B, Spring Bluff Industrial Park, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry
Nativity Lutheran Church, 3506 E. Wonder Lake Rd., Wonder Lake, IL
Tue. & Wed. 9:00 am to noon

Woodstock Bible Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
770 E. Kimball Ave., Woodstock
Sundays 11:15 am until 1:15 pm

Woodstock Food Pantry
Dorr Township Building, 1033 Lake Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098
Mon., Wed., & Fri. 9 am until 3 pm

Senior Care Volunteer Network

Senior Care Volunteer Network works with seniors of our community who live at home to assist them and their families in maintaining their independence, dignity and quality of life.

Whether it is with a ride to the doctor, help with some yard work, or a friendly visit, our volunteers provide services to seniors in need of assistance at no cost.  Find out more by visiting or by calling 815-455-3120.

MCDH Encourages Those Vaccinated Against COVID-19 to Protect Their Vaccination Card

McHENRY COUNTY — The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is reminding residents vaccinated against COVID-19 to contact their physician to find out how they can enter their vaccination card information into their medical records.

As more businesses and employers are requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19, having a record of your vaccination will prevent missed time from work or access to certain businesses and facilities. Those traveling internationally may be required to show proof of vaccination.

“Unless you currently have COVID-19 or are already vaccinated against the disease, it’s not too late to protect yourself by getting vaccinated,” said MCDH Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson. “Having a plan to safeguard your vaccine card and showing proof of your vaccine may be the difference between going to work or unexpected missed time.”

Those who have misplaced their vaccination card should contact the vaccine provider to find out how to get a replacement. Anyone who received their vaccine at an MCDH clinic, including clinics in McHenry County managed by Curative, can get a record of their vaccination card through MCDH.

To get a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record from MCDH, make an appointment by calling (815) 334-4510, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The cost to replace the record is $2, and a release of information and photo identification is required at the time of your appointment to receive the record.

Find out where to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by visiting To schedule an appointment at an MCDH clinic, visit If you need assistance or do not have internet access, call the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center at (815) 334-4045.

CDC issued COVID vaccination record card

If you are vaccinated against the disease, MCDH recommends you do the following:

  • Contact your physician to find out how to enter your vaccination card into your health record
  • Take a photo of your vaccination card for backup proof
  • Do not laminate your vaccination card
  • Enter your vaccination history or test results into a SMART Health Card
  • Opt-in to either v-safe or VaxText as a way to preserve vaccination information
  • Register with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Vax Verify to request your immunization records
IDES: Employer Targeted Fraud and Phishing Schemes

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) would like to share updates from the agency, to better serve you and your employees:

Phishing Schemes

Please remain alert and vigilant to identify fraudulent communications.  IDES does NOT initiate contact with employers by email, text, or social media to request MyTax Illinois account information or passwords.  If you receive a suspicious text or email claiming to be from IDES that requests specific account information, please do not disclose your account password. Call our Employer Hotline at (800) 247-4984 to report fraud associated with your MyTax Illinois account and provide the analyst with detailed information so we can investigate the incident.  For further reference, see the Fraud & Phishing Alert and Phishing Schemes Press Release.

Reporting Identity Theft Fraud

IDES has developed a reporting form for employers to report instances of identity theft which resulted in fraudulent claims being filed under the names of one or more of their employees. Please refer to this guide to securely submit an identity theft report at Additional guidance to protect employees against identity theft fraud is available on IDES’s employer fraud webpage. IDES respectfully request that all employer ID theft fraud claims now be submitted using the MyTax form and not through any individual IDES email accounts or telephone calls.

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IDES Web Resources:

Lead-based Paint Hazards Grant Available

The McHenry County Department of Planning and Development just launched a grant program for residential properties in McHenry County. The program aims to remediate lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 residential homes.

Program information is available at, and the program flyer is available here. Please spread the word about the program, and disseminating this information to anyone you feel might benefit from knowing. The aim is to get this in front of McHenry County residential property owners, or people who can help get it to those property owners (board/council members, HOA’s, community partners/organizations, professionals, etc.).

Please reach out to Andrew Stuckey with any questions about the program or if you’d like to work more closely in bringing this to your community (, 815-334-4577).

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Virtual Programming Options

Enjoy a visit to Yellowstone or the Coral reefs and many other Fascinating locations right from your own home!  Algonquin Township is pleased to provide a list of virtual programs for your viewing.  Many of these programs are geared towards children, but they also allow anyone the chance to experience places that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. Virtual field trips are also great for when you can’t get out due to weather, illness or the expense of traveling.  Here are several free resources you and your family can use to take virtual field trips.

Please note, the Algonquin Township does not recommend or endorse any referral or program. We have not checked or verified content. Please use discretion before viewing.  Every effort has been made to check accuracy; if you notice something is not working, please contact us at 847-639-2700 x 7 or email

Armchair Field Trips


Smithsonian Zoo
Brookfield Zoo Daily LIVE chats at 11 AM
Brookfield Zoo Bringing the Zoo to You Blog
Houston Zoo Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Learn about dolphins, sea turtles, and more during this video-based tour.
National Aquarium Take a virtual tour of this aquarium located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Africam Watch animals in the African bush live.
All About Birds Watch birds all over the US and world via live webcams. Take an african safari to the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa.


Museum of Science and Industry Museum of Science and Industry is fun at any age – keep learning with some of these online science activities.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to see some of their current, past, and permanent exhibits.
National Gallery – London A short video highlighting some of the masterpieces at the National Gallery, London.
The Louvre Museum Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
Museo Galileo Virtually tour this museum dedicated to Galileo in Florence, Italy.
Museum of the American Revolution Beyond the Battlefield – Watch a behind the scenes video-based field trip of the Museum of the American Revolution.
The British Museum View the museum’s galleries online.

Science and Industry

International Space Station Take a video tour of the space station.
NASA Glenn Research Center Take a look around the facilities with these interactive virtual tours.
Boeing Aerospace Tour Join Boeing on a virtual field trip to the Johnson Space Center.
Mars Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
AG Explorer Provides a variety of agriculture related virtual field trips.
Mount Olive Tour Learn how pickles are made with this video tour.

Historical Places

Anne Frank House Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam.
Mount Vernon Take an interactive and informative tour of George Washington’s home in Virginia.
Buckingham Palace Tour the famous London palace virtually.

Great Outdoors

Mount Everest Explore the mountain through 360-degree photos and informative articles.
Yellowstone National Park Explore Yellowstone National Park with virtual tours of some of their famous sites, like Mammoth Springs.

Bahamian Coral Reef

Go for a swim and explore a coral reef in the Bahamas!


Virtual Jigsaw Puzzles Never lose a piece again – complete a variety of jigsaw puzzles using a computer or tablet.

Board of Trustees

Supervisor Randy Funk

Trustee Millie Medendorp

Trustee Teresa Sharpe Decker
Trustee Theresa Fronczak
Trustee Edward J. Zimel, Jr.


Township Board

The Township Board of Trustees is the legislative branch of the Township government. Each single township has four Trustees and a Supervisor, which comprise the Board. Each board member is elected at large within the township and has one vote on all issues before the Township Board. The policies enacted by the Township Board are executed by the Supervisor and the Clerk. The Trustees may not establish policy for either the Township Assessor or Highway Commissioner. Trustees do, however, certify tax levies for the Township and Road District. For the Road District, the amount of the levy is determined by the Highway Commissioner.

In their capacity as Legislative Officers, Trustees adopt the Annual Town Budget and Appropriation Ordinance, the General Assistance budget and the Road District budget. Trustees also are responsible for approving all Township expenses and auditing bills submitted for payment by the Highway Commissioner.

The Trustees are obligated to approve all legally incurred bills, that is, those appropriated for expenditure. Trustees also must reject for payment all requests that are not debts which have been legally incurred by the Township. With few exceptions, the Supervisor may make no payments without approval of the Board of Trustees. There are exceptions: payments for General Assistance claims, and Township and Highway Department employees’ salaries.