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Historic BuildingThe man after whom Dorr Township was named, Governor Thomas Wilson Dorr, had a dramatically colorful record in the annals of American history, serving a jail sentence from which he was later acquitted by a Supreme Court decision. It appears that Governor Dorr was an unsung hero in the cause of free suffrage for everyone age 21 or over. It was this reason that the citizens paid tribute to Dorr, a man who gave his freedom and good name in the cause of free elections for all legal-age citizens.

Dorr Township is one of seventeen townships in McHenry County. It covers portions of Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Lakewood and Bull Valley. Dorr Township covers 34 1/2 miles of road.

The Dorr Township census from 1850 reported 1139 residents. In 1860 the township had grown to a population of 2387. 106 years later, in 1966, there were 9910 township residents. Census 2000 shows an 83.2% increase in the 34 year period since 1966, reporting a population of 18,157.

Dorr Township has been located in the Odd Fellows building on East Jackson, which was demolished in 1983 to make room for the expansion of the State Bank.  In 1978 it moved its office to a new building at 140 Newell Street.  In 2012, after many years of planning and searching, Dorr Township received approval at its annual Town Meeting for the purchase of property at 1039 Lake Avenue.  The existing building was completely remodeled and includes conference rooms, private interview area, and a large community room with a kitchen.  In the rear of the building, space was allocated for the Woodstock Food Pantry.  Dorr Township has been in this new location since December, 2012.

The Highway Department is located at 12322 Davis Road. The property was purchased in 1974 and building followed shortly. Its previous site was on Route 47 near McConnell Road, which currently houses a motorcycle shop.  In 2013, the Road District completed an expansion program that included salt storage, a vehicle storage building and a wash bay.

Fast Facts

Population: 18,157
Incorporated: 1850


Township Officials

Supervisor
Robert Pierce

Highway Commissioner
Tom Thurman

Assessor
Veronica A. Myers

Clerk
Brenda Stack

Dorr Township Trustees

Mark Andersen

Chris Cantwell

Jon Sheahan

John Fuller

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