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Voter Guide: April 6, 2021 – Thornton Township elections

By Josh Bootsma

Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 6 election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a “candidate info form,” we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We will be sharing the info race by race in a series of “Voter Guide” posts.

LANSING, Ill. (March 1, 2021) – Lansing is part of two townships: residents living north of 186th Street are part of Thornton Township, and residents south of 186th are part of Bloom Township. Both townships have all of their elected officials on the ballot in the April 6 election. Candidate information for the Thornton Township elections is shared below.

Why Thornton Township elections matter

Townships exist to provide services to residents. Both Bloom and Thornton Township offer their constituents food assistance, voter registration assistance, help with filing property tax appeals, and more. Both townships also provide services for families and youth, such as counseling and after-school programs. Townships are also responsible for overseeing roads in unincorporated areas.

A township is smaller than a county, but larger than a municipality such as a village or city. Thornton Township encompasses all or part of 17 municipalities, including most of Lansing.

Thornton Township elections – candidates on the April 6 ballot

The individuals below are the names voters will see on the April 6 ballot for the Thornton Township elections. All terms are for four years.

Township Supervisor – Uncontested

Running: Frank Zuccarelli
No information provided

Township Clerk – Uncontested

Running: Loretta Wells
No information provided

Township Assessor – Uncontested

Running: Cassandra Holbert-Elston
No information provided

Township Highway Commissioner – Uncontested

Running: Geary DePue
No information provided

Township Trustees – 4 uncontested positions

All four trustee positions will be up for election on April 6.

Running: Darlene Gray Everett
No information provided

Running: Christopher Gonzalez
No information provided

Running: Gerald Jones
No information provided

Running: Joyce Washington
No information provided

The Thornton Township elections will be held on April 6, 2021. Thornton Township’s main office is located at 333 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL.


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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.