With 53 percent of Illinois roads under the jurisdiction of township road districts, the highway commissioner's job is critical to the needs and safety of Illinois motorists.
The township highway commissioner is responsible for the construction and maintenance of all roads and bridges in the road district. Those townships having fewer than four miles of township roads may not elect a highway commissioner. (In those townships, the town board carries out the duties of a highway commissioner.) There are fewer than 50 townships in Illinois that have no elected highway commissioner.
In many respects, the township road district is a separate government. Neither the township board of trustees nor the supervisor has any jurisdiction over the highway commissioner or the road district's employees.
Information above provided by the "What's My Job" booklet; http://www.toi.org/