Sumner Township, Kankakee County, Illinois

Sumner Township is one of seventeen townships in Kankakee County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 910 and it contained 337 housing units.[2] It was formed as Union Township from part of Yellow Head Township on October 8, 1855; its name changed to Sumner Township on June 27, 1856.

Sumner Township
Location in Kankakee County
Location in Kankakee County
Kankakee County's location in Illinois
Kankakee County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°14′59″N 87°43′27″W / 41.24972°N 87.72417°W / 41.24972; -87.72417Coordinates: 41°14′59″N 87°43′27″W / 41.24972°N 87.72417°W / 41.24972; -87.72417
CountryUnited States
EstablishedOctober 8, 1855
 • SupervisorLarry Ohm
 • Total37.25 sq mi (96.5 km2)
 • Land37.25 sq mi (96.5 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
699 ft (213 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density24.4/sq mi (9.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
60468, 60940, 60950
FIPS code17-091-73690

Township HeadquartersEdit

Sumner Township erected a new garage and office in 2016. The new facility is located on 8000 E. Road, just north of the intersection at 9000 N. Road. The old facility was a white block building located in the village of Whitaker on 9000 N. Road.


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 37.25 square miles (96.5 km2), all land.[2] The land in Sumner Township is predominantly flat, with the exception of a few select areas. The rich, dark prairie soils make the township valuable as farmland. Several small creeks run through the township and flow toward the Kankakee River.


Census Pop.
Est. 2016874[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

Water bodiesEdit

Many creeks run at a southwest direction toward the township. They provide drainage for the townships farmland and residences. Three of these creeks begin the Will Township, Sumner Township's neighbor to the north in Will County. These include the Marshall Slough, Rock Creek, and the Exline Slough. The Marshall Slough cuts through Sumner Township in the far northwest corner and quickly cuts into Manteno Township. Rock Creek also cuts quickly through the township before it cuts into Manteno Township a mile south of Sumner Township's northern border. The Exline Slough is the biggest creek in Sumner Township and runs all the way from County Line Road at the north edge of the township to 6000 N. Rd. In Section 30 the Canavan Slough, which starts a mile north of the town of Whitaker, joins up with the Exline Slough. Farr Creek begins a half mile south of the southern border of Sumner Township, in Section 32, before crossing the southern border. Tower Creek starts in the northeast quarter of the township and runs into Ganeer Township which is south of Sumner Township.


Adjacent townshipsEdit


The township is governed by an elected Town Board of a supervisor and four trustees. The township also has an elected assessor, clerk, highway commissioner and supervisor. The township office is located at 9315 North 8000 East Road, Grant Park, IL 60940.


The township contains these two cemeteries: Heusing and Saint Paul Lutheran.

Political districtsEdit

School districtsEdit

  • Grant Park Community Unit School District 6
  • Manteno Community Unit School District 5


  • "Sumner Township, Kankakee County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  • United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • United States National Atlas

External linksEdit