Palos Township
Location in Cook County
Location in Cook County
Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°41′05″N 87°51′11″W / 41.68472°N 87.85306°W / 41.68472; -87.85306Coordinates: 41°41′05″N 87°51′11″W / 41.68472°N 87.85306°W / 41.68472; -87.85306
CountryUnited States
 • Total35.37 sq mi (91.62 km2)
 • Land33.91 sq mi (87.83 km2)
 • Water1.46 sq mi (3.79 km2)  4.14%
604 ft (184 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,610/sq mi (621.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
60457, 60462, 60463, 60464, 60465, 60480, 60482
FIPS code17-031-57355

Palos Township is one of 29 townships in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2010 census, its population was 54,615,[2] with its most populous municipality being Palos Hills (pop. 17,484). The vast majority of the township's population resides in its eastern half; the half west of La Grange Road consists mainly of facilities in the Cook County Forest Preserves. In 1850 the small town of Trenton, Illinois changed its name to Palos; this recommendation was made by M.S. Powell, the local postmaster, whose ancestor supposedly sailed with Christopher Columbus from Palos de la Frontera. When it incorporated as a village in 1914, Palos officially became Palos Park. The neighboring communities of Palos Hills and Palos Heights incorporated at later points. All three municipalities lie completely or substantially within Palos Township.

Township offices are located at 10802 S. Roberts Road in Palos Hills. Other municipalities with significant portions in the township include Hickory Hills, Worth and Bridgeview. Palos Township's approximate borders are Harlem Avenue (Illinois Route 43) on the east, 135th Street on the south, Will-Cook Road extended to the DuPage County line on the west, and 87th Street on the north; in the northwest, the township border follows the Des Plaines River from 87th Street to DuPage County's southeast corner. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, designated a National Historic District in 2011, passes through the township just south of the river, and the Cal-Sag Channel roughly bisects the township from east to west.

Township services

According to Illinois law, townships are responsible for the maintenance of township roadways, the governance of the General Assistance program and the assessment of real property. In Cook County, townships are not responsible for assessing real property as the Cook County Assessor performs that function.

Some townships have adopted other duties, including the provision of health services. Palos Township runs a health service providing low- or no-cost physical examinations, sick visits, cholesterol tests and screenings, pregnancy tests, blood pressure screening, immunizations, podiatry services for senior citizens and other services.

Other services provided by Palos Township include free tax preparation for senior citizens, temporary handicapped placards, voter services, speaker's bureau, and much more.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Palos Township covers an area of 35.37 square miles (91.6 km2); of this, 33.91 square miles (87.8 km2) (95.86 percent) is land and 1.46 square miles (3.8 km2) (4.14 percent) is water.


Palos Township is bordered on the north by Lyons Township, on the east by Worth Township, on the south by Orland Township, and on the west by Lemont Township. The northwest border with Lyons Township follows the Des Plaines River, directly adjacent to the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (managed by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago) which connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River.

Other bordering township include Homer Township (Will County) on the southwest corner; Bremen Township (Cook County) on the southeast corner; Stickney Township (Cook County) on the northeast corner and Downers Grove Township (DuPage County) on the northwest corner.

Cities, towns, villages

Adjacent townships


The township contains three cemeteries: Fairmount-Willow Hills, Oak Hill and Sacred Heart Catholic.

Major highways

Airports and landing strips



These Cook County Forest Preserves woods:


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)54,369[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[3]


Palos Township is governed by a township board of trustees sometimes called the township board or town board. The town board consists of five voting members and includes the elected township supervisor and four elected township trustees.

The town board is responsible for providing a budget and taxes sufficient to run the operations of the township government each year. The supervisor is a voting member of the town board but is also the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer of the township.

The township clerk, assessor and highway commissioner are elected officials; however, they do not have a vote on the town board.

Duties and powers of the supervisor

The township supervisor is the chief executive officer of the township and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the township along with the following other duties:

Current township elected officials


Political districts


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Palos township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.