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Proviso Probe

Monday, September 12, 2005

how much of Oak Brook is in Proviso Township?

The History and Geneology of Proviso Township indicates part of Oak Brook is in Proviso Township.

The Oak Brook website seems to indicate part of Oak Brook is in Cook County.

Anybody know the story?


  • Mike Manzo lives in Oak Brook and is part of Proviso! Chris Welch lives in Oak Brook , as well!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:37 PM, September 12, 2005  

  • Don Sloan lives in Westwood!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:37 PM, September 12, 2005  

  • Brian Cross lives in Elmhurst and that is part of Proviso?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 PM, September 13, 2005  

  • The unincorporated Westwood subdivision, entered off of Wolf and Roosevelt just before crossing the Tri-State into DuPage County, is, I believe, the only (one precinct of voters) part of Proviso Township to be unincorporated. I suspect the part of Oak Brook that is in Cook County/Proviso Township is a small area just north of Cermak (22nd) and just west of Wolf Rd. which includes several high rise office buildings with shops/retaurants on the groound floors. The lack of unincorporated areas where townships, in rural areas asssume some of the village functions while counties assume the others, is just one more, albeit a major one, why Proviso Township government should have been abolished 40 years ago!! I thought Brian Cross lived in River Forest?

    By Anonymous Gary Woll, at 12:33 PM, September 14, 2005  

  • Proviso Precinct 93 encompasses Westchester, Hillside, Oak Brook and Elmhurst. Brian Cross lives in that precinct !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 AM, September 20, 2005  

  • I posted information in another thread as well, but in case anybody is still listening here...

    Proviso Township is TWP 39 North as surveyed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It's original boundaries are easily determined since it was 6x6 mile square. Roads were established along township lines to effect a splitting the cost of road building. Townships built roads, bridges and were responsible for their upkeep. They were also the taxing authority for the new territories.

    a corner of TWP 39 North is Harlem
    and North Av. Extend a line six miles south and west, then a line six miles west and north and you have the boundary.

    Enter politcs, let it fester, fast-forward 200 years and you arrive in modern TWP 39 North (the Proviso name was chosen in honor of the Wilmot Proviso) at which time River Forest and iverside/Brookfield have successfully deannexed from 39 N to form their own respective TWPs.

    39 N existed before county and municipal governments. They were the bedrock upon which the rest was layered.

    By Anonymous watcher, at 2:48 PM, October 07, 2005  

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