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Trustee James Kerr, former Trustee Matthew Parker, and Assessor Brenda Carmen. Trustee Parker received Excellence in Public Service Award from Township Officials of Illinois (2008)

Who We Are


Township government is the oldest form of government in the United States, dating back over 350 years to 1636. As the country developed, cities and towns assumed many government functions; however, townships maintain responsibility for the provision of General Assistance and the Assessment of property within the Township boundaries. Rock Island Township is bordered by 18th Avenue on the South, the Mississippi River on the North and West and 46th Street / Moline border on the East. In order to be eligible for Township programs, individuals must live within these boundaries.

Rock Island Township is 5.8 square miles in area, contains more than 7,200 housing units and a population of nearly 18,000 according to the 2010 Census. There are more than 6,500 parcels of land, with 82% in residential use, 11% commercial / industrial and 7% that are tax exempt (government, parks, college, etc.). Rock Island Township is home to the Rock Island County Court House, County Office Building, Justice Center, City Hall, The Arts and Entertainment District, King Center, Augustana College, several organized neighborhoods (including the Broadway Historic Area, KeyStone, West End, Highland Park Historic District, among others) and several parks (Schwiebert Riverfront, Longview, Whitewater Junction, Denkmann, Lincoln, Webber, Dr. Martin Luther King and Douglas). It is a vibrant and diverse area with a rich history.

Organization Chart (PDF)

Map of Rock Island Township

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