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Worth Township, Cook County, Illinois

Worth Township is one of 29 townships in Cook County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 152,633.[2] It was founded in 1849, when the county voted to subdivide itself into townships.

Worth Township
Location in Cook County
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Cook County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°41′21″N 87°44′43″W / 41.68917°N 87.74528°W / 41.68917; -87.74528Coordinates: 41°41′21″N 87°44′43″W / 41.68917°N 87.74528°W / 41.68917; -87.74528
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorJohn O’Sullivan
 • Total32.23 sq mi (83.48 km2)
 • Land31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Water0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)  1.17%
594 ft (181 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,792/sq mi (1,850.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
60406, 60415, 60445, 60453, 60455, 60456, 60459, 60463, 60472, 60482 60655, 60803, 60805
FIPS code17-031-83531


According to the United States Census Bureau, Worth Township covers an area of 32.23 square miles (83.5 km2); of this, 31.85 square miles (82.5 km2) (98.83 percent) is land and 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2) (1.17 percent) is water.

The township covers 31.9 square miles (83 km2) and holds 62,042 dwellings as of the 2010 census. The population is 79.6% White (71.3% White Non-Hispanic), 9.9% Black, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.7% Asian, 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 6.2% some other race, and 2.2% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race made up 15.7% of the population.[3]


Worth Township is bordered by Harlem Avenue (Illinois Route 43) on the west, 87th Street on the north, Western Avenue on the east and 135th Street on the south. The township, however, does not include the parts of the city of Chicago (namely, zip code 60655 which is mostly the Beverly and Mount Greenwood neighborhoods) that lie within these boundaries.


Census Pop.
Est. 2016151,412[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[4]


Worth Township is governed by 8 elected officials, chosen every four years. The current administration is:

  • Supervisor John O’Sullivan
  • Clerk Katie Elwood
  • Assessor Shaun Murphy
  • Highway Commissioner Vicky Moody
  • Trustee Kelly Sexton-Kelly
  • Trustee Richard Lewandowski
  • Trustee Patrick Hanlon
  • Trustee Eamon McMahon

Cities, towns, villagesEdit

The south edge of the city of Chicago is within this township geographically but is a separate entity.

Adjacent townshipsEdit


The township contains these fifteen cemeteries: Beverly Memorial Park, Burr Oak, Chapel Hills Gardens South, Ever Rest (historical), Evergreen, First Evangelical Lutheran, Hazel Green, Holy Sepulchre, Lincoln, Mount Greenwood, Mount Hope, Oak Hill, Restvale, Saint Benedict Catholic and Saint Marys.

Major highwaysEdit

Airports and landing stripsEdit

  • Alsip Fire Department Heliport
  • Christ Hospital Heliport


School districtsEdit

  • City Of Chicago School District 299

Political districtsEdit

Record pensionEdit

In 2002, Lawrence Hupe, the Worth Township school treasurer, retired with one of the largest government pensions in Illinois after receiving annual bonuses exceeding 25% of his salary in the last five years of his 25-year service. At $153,835, Hupe's pension exceeded the state governor's salary. His employer, the Worth Township Board of School Trustees, reported to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund that Hupe took home an extra $302,000 above his salary between 1998 and 2002. Hupe claimed that the additional payments were in lieu of unused annual leave. Hupe's successor was paid a salary of $87,500, just 57% of Hupe's pension.[5]


  • "Worth Township, Cook County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  • United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • United States National Atlas
  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Worth township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Worth township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Tim Novak, "Mystery cash eases retirement", Chicago Sun-Times, April 9, 2003.

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