The newly elected Palatine Township Board was sworn into office on Monday, May 17, 2021 at the Palatine Township Center. Joining the newly elected board were family, friends, dignitaries as well as the outgoing officials.
Incumbent Andy-John G. Kalkounos, who was previously a trustee, was sworn in as the new Township Supervisor. Clerk Lisa Moran will begin her fourth term, while Assessor Terry Kelly will start his fifth term. Aaron B. Del Mar will begin his second term as Highway Commissioner. One sitting trustee, Bill Pohlman, who was first elected in 2013, will begin his third term. Newcomers, A. Christine Svenson, Leslie M. Bolanos, and Michael C. Smolka, will begin their first elected terms in office as trustees.
The invocation was provided by Father Timothy Fairman, Pastor, and Father Matt Jamesson, Assistant Pastor from St. Theresa Catholic Church. The colors were posted by the Ukrainian American Veterans Post 32 and Piper Bill Kissane, of the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department, performed the national anthem and a patriotic musical medley on the bagpipes. The Honorable Jill Marisie, Presiding Judge of the Cook County 3rd District administered the swearing in of all of the Palatine Township officials elected in the April 6, 2021 election.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle attended and conveyed her congratulations to the new Palatine Township board. Also in attendance at the swearing in were Inverness Mayor John A. "Jack" Tatooles, and Schaumburg Trustee Brian Bieschke. The benediction was conducted by Father Chris Mihalopoulos, Parish Priest of St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church at the closing of the ceremony.
Immediately following the swearing in, the new Palatine Township board conducted its first board meeting. The board approved resolutions recognizing the dedicated service and contribution of the outgoing officers. The resolutions were presented to outgoing Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, and Trustees Ray Kincaid and Dr. Susan Kern.
All of the newly elected officials will serve a four-year terms and will be up for re-election in 2025, with the exception of the assessor seat, which runs until 2026.
About Palatine Township:
Palatine Township provides numerous services and events for its 113,000 residents, and supports 30 social service agencies located within its boundaries. The Township is one of the most heavily populated in Illinois, with a goal to enhance and improve the quality of life for all of its residents. Bordered by Lake Cook Road, Huntington Road, Central Road and Wilke Road, residents living in all or part of the following communities are part of the Township: Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington and Schaumburg. Visit www.PalatineTownship-il.gov or call 847-357-6700.