Eliminate Bremen Township

Eliminate Bremen Township

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#1 Mar 19, 2014
The people in the south suburbs just don't get it. One sure way to clean up government is to eliminate Bremen Township.

In yesterday's election the good people of Evanston Township passed the referendum to eliminate Evanston Township. The people of Bremen Township would do well to eliminate Bremen Township which has become a patronage haven.

Any good work that Bremen does can be transferred to the local governments.

It's time to eliminate these elected officials salaries and benefits not to mention retirement costs..



Merrillville, IN

#2 Mar 19, 2014
I can't remember the Boundries on Bremen Township. Could you refresh me and also, what roads and or towns do they really help? I agree about being transferred to the local governments, that's why I ask. Other than the Youth Commission, what else is there?

United States

#3 Mar 20, 2014
Curious wrote:
I can't remember the Boundries on Bremen Township. Could you refresh me and also, what roads and or towns do they really help? I agree about being transferred to the local governments, that's why I ask. Other than the Youth Commission, what else is there?

United States

#4 Mar 20, 2014
I think it's telling that Bremen Township will not even post its minutes on the web. It makes one wonder if they're even conducting any meetings.
A few months back there were articles in the Southtown talking about thefts and infighting and other dysfunctional activities in the Bremen township building.. This is not government for the people by the people.

Not to mention supervisor Maggie Crotty is a double dipper when it comes to pensions.

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#5 Jun 28, 2014
Townships actually once held a critical position in delivering the democratic process to the masses. While areas like Blue Island have been around for 125+ years, much of the southwest suburbs weren't established until the 1910's and 1920's. Until this layer of local government was installed, townships helped bridge the gap between County services and the population the County was responsible for serving.

What would it take to get a referendum like this on a ballot? I would think that 5 or 10 years down the road, if disbanding Bremen Township was determined to be a detriment to the communities in Bremen, placing a new referendum on the ballot re-establishing the township of Bremen would not be uncalled for.

Alsip, IL

#6 Jun 28, 2014
I often follow a white Chevy driving from turnpike and Cicero to palos with only the driver in the car??? It says senior wheels on it. Maybe the driver qualifies as a senior. I think it is a waste of taxpayer money.

Griffith, IN

#7 Jun 28, 2014
Chet, that car is used for transporting Seniors throughout Bremen Township to Doctor's appointments, Dentist, appointments, etc. If you are a Senior in Bremen township, you are more than Welcome to call and have it benefit you if you have a hard time getting aroud. Due to Insurance purposes, I don't believe it can transport very many people at one time. But as a Senior if you feel you need it, call the Township office.

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#8 Jun 28, 2014
But isn't that an overlap of service providers? I thought Midlothian offered a similar service at some point and if seniors are overwhelming the system, then it still can be addressed without needing a Township structure to fund it.

From my studies, townships were designed to focus more on infrastructure and law, such as the role of Justice of the Peace and Highway Commissioner as a way to fill a "gap."

Initially, it seems the southwest suburbs couldn't sustain anything smaller than a township form of government until at least the 21st century. With the industrial revolution shifting chunk after chunk of landscape development away from waterways and onto rails and eventually paved roads, costs associated with building a community shifted enough to where first New Bremen/Tinley Park broke away from Bremen Township in the late 1800's, but it wouldn't be until Robbins broke away in 1917, Markham in 1925, Midlothian in 1927 and Crestwood in 1928.

These municipalities began taking on responsibility for portions of the township while other portions shifted to the Cook County Forest Preserve system.

The more layers a local municipality must try to adapt to, the larger the waste of resources becomes. The simplest conflict I can come up with is an issue of roads through a community.

Let's say there are a total of 5 roads in a community. The residents and business owners determine one intersection needs immediate attention and one road.

Determining ownership of these strips of property is difficult...if you don't know where to look, which most residents and business owners have not a clue. Time and resources are focused on gathering the information and it is determined that 5 layers of government have influence over these two roads.

Jump forward and use your imagination when it comes to who is responsible for hiring/firing, funding, quality, bidding, etc.

The Federal Highway portion is governed by federal laws covering roadways under their governance.

The State Highway portion is governed by state laws covering roadways under their governance.

The County portion is governed by county laws covering roadways under their governance.

Coordinating and conversing with these three entities is difficult enough and then throw in yet another layer of government to coordinate and converse with.

If Bremen Township was to be dissolved, there would need to be discussion as to how tax dollars currently being acquired by Bremen Township can remain relatively in place. Also, part of the favoritism towards so many separate governing bodies is that each body has authority to raise its own funds. So if the Township wants to issue a call for funding for a project within Bremen boundaries, they can, regardless of whether or not a local municipality can or can't.

Our communities are not facing stretches of farmland as far as the eyes can see and not a person in sight for miles around this time around. Instead, we are left with the left-overs of what others determined to be of value at the time it was created, which includes covenants still attached to property deeds.

It certainly is an interesting thought exercise...

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