Executive Messages

Message from TOI President Karen Reese

As President of the Township Officials of Illinois, I would like to welcome you.

Township government has been a part of Illinois for more than 160 years. TOI has been serving the needs of townships for over 100 years. As township government has evolved over those many years, TOI has also evolved.

TOI offers numerous educational opportunities throughout the year, culminating in our Annual Educational Conference in November. These many educational sessions provide a wonderful opportunity for professional development for us as township officials. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities. You owe it to yourselves and to your constituents.

I would also encourage everyone to fully utilize our TOI website. Our website contains a great deal of useful information and many printable forms that can be beneficial to you and your township.

TOI maintains a strong presence at our State Capitol in Springfield. Our aggressive legislative agenda has enabled us to pass many laws that have been helpful to township government. We have also been successful in our opposition to proposed laws that would be detrimental to township government. Your continued support of the Township Officials of Illinois Political Action Committee (TOIPAC) is an integral part of our association. Our PAC’s solid success is vital, as we continue to fight to preserve local government. Please contribute and help generate support with your township board for TOIPAC and its activities.

I ask that you become involved in our association. For those who already participate, keep it up...we need you. For those who have not had the time to get involved with TOI activities, please make an effort to do so. Your participation and input is vitally important to us all.

It is an honor to serve as President of TOI. I will do my best to provide effective leadership for today, as we together prepare for the challenges and demands of tomorrow.

Thank you!

Karen Reese
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