Since 1850, Niles Township Government has been dedicated to improving life for its residents. Niles Township is located in the northeast corner of Cook County. With a population of over 102,000 the Township includes the villages of Skokie, Lincolnwood and Golf, and sections of Morton Grove, Niles and Glenview.
The Board of Trustees is presided over by Supervisor Lee Tamraz. He works with trustees: Marilyn D. Glazer, Mark A. Collins, Donald J. Gelfund and Maggie Zimmer to conduct the business of running our township government. Other members of the Board are: Assessor Scott Bagnall, Clerk Charles Levy and Collector Dina Modi.
Clerk Charles Levy takes the minutes of all Township meetings and is the keeper of the official records and books of the Township. The Clerk's office provides many other services for Township residents. His office registers voters, issues temporary handicap parking placards, supplies information on elected officials and elections, and acts as a passport acceptance agent.
Assessor Scott Bagnall is the Niles Township property taxpayers advocate in matters of property taxation. His office provides assistance to the public and information related to property tax matters such as the senior freeze, long time home owner's and home owner's exemptions. Sign up for notifications of appeal periods, exemption deadlines and bulletins from Assessor Bagnall at nilestownshipassessor.com.
Our Food Pantry is now serving over 3,100 people per month. In addition to the food purchased by the township, the generous support of the local community, including churches, synagogues, schools, the fire department, the post office, and numerous groups and small businesses, help provide food to stock the pantry shelves.
Our Social Workers, Judy Wilen and Holly Zimmermann manage General Assistance, a locally administered welfare program that provides financial assistance to persons who are not eligible for any other state or federal assistance program, and who do not have income or resources to provide for their own basic needs. Judy and Holly also provide referrals and counseling to aid recipients. They also register township residents who do not have health insurance for the Access to Care Program. Access to Care allows persons who qualify to see a doctor, get lab tests and x-rays, and get prescriptions filled for a nominal cost. Our social workers also administer Emergency Assistance, a program offered to Township residents who have a life threatening circumstance.
Niles Township also provides Legal Assistance free of charge to seniors for consultations and referrals.
Mr. Michael Blais, Program Specialist from CEDA, will be here every Monday from 9:00 until 4:30. To make an appoint, please call (312) 371-7834.
Our Computer Classes are well known for providing adult computer instruction at a reasonable cost to township residents who are job hunting, looking for a promotion in their workplace, or interested in expanding their personal knowledge. With a new state-of-the-art computer classroom, the township has expanded course offering to include Digital Photo, Quicken, Internet and Publisher.
During the course of a year, the township helps support more than 40 (including our own General Assistance Program) agencies that serve the residents of Niles Township. These agencies provide services such as mental health programs, shelters for battered women, senior centers and youth groups, cancer and AIDS programs, autistic residential homes as well as cultural activities such as supporting theater, the arts and community events. In addition, the township is offering scholarships for pre- school children to various accredited child care programs.