Executive Messages

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Message from TOI President Robert J. Miller 

As President of the Township Officials of Illinois, I would like to extend my personal welcome to old and new friends alike.

Township government has been a vital part of Illinois for more than 160 years.  It remains as relevant and efficient today as in its earlier years and it is incumbent upon those that are elected to these local offices to educate our constituency on the importance of local government.

When established in 1907 The Township Officials of Illinois principal function was to lobby on behalf of member townships.  While the lobbying function remains as important today, TOI has had to evolve to meet the changing challenges of our country’s political climate.  These 100 plus years later TOI is the entity responsible for providing accurate and timely information to its member townships and road districts, state and federal elected officials and agencies and the media regarding township issues. 

TOI provides formal education and training opportunities in the form of seminars and webinars for its members. It continues to seek and provide relevant experiences for our membership.  The Township Perspective magazine is published and mailed to all member officials, state legislators, the Illinois Congressional delegation and many other state and federal agencies and interested parties.  The website is another such example.  It contains useful information and many printable forms for your use.  I encourage everyone to utilize this strong resource. 

Finally, TOI has played a significant role in the promotion of Township government.  As a unified group we have pooled our intellectual resources to preserve and protect Illinois’ small local governments.  We have taken a leadership role in effecting partnerships and improving our efficiencies.  We have chosen to define our destiny rather than just reacting to the changes proposed by outsiders!

I challenge everyone to become an active participant in our association.  Kudos to those that are already engaged, we appreciate your investment.   Welcome, to those new to the organization.  Your fresh and innovative ideas will help us intensify our efforts to educate state legislators and residents on the crucial role townships play in the everyday lives of our shared constituency.

I thank all of you for the privilege of serving as President of TOI.  Twenty-five years ago my father, Del Miller was elected to this same position.  I share his ardent commitment to Township government and will do my best to provide strong and effective leadership.

Thank you!

Robert J. Miller
TOI President

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Message from Bryan Smith, TOI Executive Director

Welcome to the Township Officials of Illinois website! It is our goal to provide you with full access to the services provided by TOI, our publications, as well as the tools you need as an elected official.

TOI has been a function of my career since 1987. I became the Executive Director in 1996 and enjoy the relationships I have cultivated with many township officials across Illinois. I have dedicated my professional career to the betterment of township government and the recognition of local government – your government in Illinois. Most importantly, ensuring that township government is preserved, protected and understood. Many changes have occurred since I joined the team that makes up the TOI staff. We continue to move forward, encouraging townships across Illinois to participate, mentor and improve their abilities through the many services provided by the association. Our presence in Springfield is now more important than ever. We are active in the association community, local government and most importantly with the General Assembly to preserve the betterment of township government in Illinois. I applaud all of your efforts in assisting us with these important responsibilities. Our membership exceeds 11, 000 elected officials.

Our message is delivered monthly through Township Perspective magazine that is sent to over 13,000 individuals. This publication provides informative items timed to the annual requirements placed upon elected township officials. Additionally, it provides important educational items to assist you in learning or brushing up on responsibilities you have not visited in a while.

I welcome you if you are new to township government and for those of you who have been around for a while, welcome home. My message is to respect government, learn from it and get involved in it. Involvement at the local level (township government) reinforces TOI’s message that we are the people next door.

Please contact our office if we can assist in any way.


Bryan Smith
Executive Director