Welcome to Crete Township!





Michael J. Liccar – Township Supervisor

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Michael has been a Crete Township resident for over 30 years.  He has 20 years of actual hands-on experience on the Crete Township Board and understands the abilities and limitations of Township government.  He has served as a Township Trustee (2001-2016), Township Supervisor (2017 – present) and as a member of the Crete Township Plan Commission.

He is engaged with the community and has organized and hosted a number of Township forums including the focus group for planning a proposed Township Civic Center, firearms safety and creek flooding.

He serves on the Paratransit Coordination Council of Will County which operates the Will Ride Paratransit program in which Crete Township participates to provide transportation services for seniors and special needs residents and has been actively involved in managing and providing this service.  As Township Trustee, he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Technical Services Committee,  Youth Committee, Police Protection Committee and Paratransit Services Committee.

Michael has been active in leadership roles in many Crete civic groups such as Crete Country Christmas (including serving as Chairman), Concerts in the Park (a Township concert series in partnership with the Crete Park District), Crete EuroMarket, and as Chairman of Crete GospelFest, CreteStock (a youth-oriented summer concert and performance arts event with Crete-Monee High School) and the Crete Time Capsule Project.  As Chairman of the Crete Time Capsule Project, he produced a video series and music CDs featuring the history of Crete and its people during the turn of the 21st century.  These videos and CDs are still available at the Crete Public Library.  The Time Capsule Committee also collected numerous historical items which are installed in two (2) time capsules located at the Crete Public Library and which are to be opened in the years 2050 and 2100.   He is a recipient of the “Crete Service to Business Award” presented by the Crete Chamber of Commerce.  From 1987-1990, he served as a Trustee in the Village of Riverdale, Illinois for which he also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Michael graduated with a B.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University in 1979.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and registered investment advisor.  He has founded and operated numerous businesses including Liccar CPAs in Chicago (a 35-person CPA firm) and Genesis Fund Services in Nassau, Bahamas.  He is a Director and a founder of the Edge Ministries, Inc. the non-profit organization which operates the Edge Community Coffee Shop & Roasting Company in Crete and is also a founder and Managing Director of Evil Horse Brewing Company in downtown Crete.  Michael is a Compatriot Member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is a member of the Township Officials of Illinois, the Illinois CPA Society, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Union League Club of Chicago.

Michael has been married to his wife Debbie for over 38 years and they have three daughters, Angela, Jessie and Chrissy, who are all graduates of Crete-Monee High School.

About the Office of Township Supervisor:

The Township Supervisor serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Township. The Supervisor’s duties and responsibilities include serving as Chairman of the Township Board of Trustees, Supervisor of the general assistance program and Treasurer of all town funds including general assistance, insurance funds, retirement funds and road and bridge funds.

Unlike a mayor or village board president, the Supervisor votes on all matters before the Town Board.  Generally speaking, other chief executive government officers may vote only to break a tie. In this regard, the Supervisor serves as a Trustee and may make or second motions, participate in all legislative discussion and exercises voting power on all issues before the Board.

The Supervisor maintains sole jurisdiction over the general assistance office and may employ necessary workers without prior approval of the Township Board of Trustees.


Jim Buiter – Town Clerk

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Jim Buiter is now the new Crete Township Clerk. He currently resides in Crete, IL. He currently works as an independent financial advisor and CPA in Crete, IL. He has owned his tax practice for 10 years and has worked as a financial advisor for 23 years.

Prior to his current occupation he was a senior financial analyst for 6 years for Citibank, NA. He is married with three sons. He also has a dog and two cats. He has been a Crete resident since 2011. Previously he grew and lived in Lansing, IL. He loves outdoor activities especially fishing and hunting. He is an avid hockey fan and is a devoted Blackhawks fan. GO HAWKS AND WOLVES!!! He also enjoys reading and walking.

He looks forward to taking on all the tasks required to be a township clerk. He looks forward to volunteering for the senior events and other township activities. He can always be reached at the township offices.


Tony Recupito
Highway Commissioner
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Tony is a life-long resident of Crete Township and has been involved in Township government for over 36 years. He started out as a volunteer member of the Township Plan Commission in 1984, subsequently serving as its Chairman. In 1992, he was elected as Township Trustee and served for 16 years in that position. In 2008 he filled a vacancy as Highway Commissioner, served successfully for three more terms, and is currently serving in his 12 th year as Commissioner.

As Highway Commissioner, Tony is responsible for the maintenance of over 80 miles of roads in the unincorporated areas of the Township, which is currently the largest Township Road System in Will County. He has been instrumental in bringing millions of dollars in federal grants to the Road District for road improvements and bridge replacements, which takes the burden off the Road District portion of local property tax that each property owner pays. Even though the Highway Commissioner position is administrative in nature, Tony takes a hands-on approach and works alongside his crew which enables him to stay in touch with all the needs of the residents.

Some of the duties that Tony and his crew are responsible for include road and ditch maintenance, culvert replacements, tree trimming and removal, branch pick-up, shoulder stone maintenance, roadside mowing and clean-up, sign maintenance, asphalt patching, bridge repair and replacement, snowplowing and salting. They also maintain most of their equipment in-house, in addition to maintaining the building and grounds. All of this is accomplished with a crew that is dedicated and experienced in all duties of the Road District. Tony truly values the input that he receives from the residents, and he believes this feedback allows him and his crew to provide the best possible service to the community. He looks forward to hearing from you.

Mary Margaret Tamez
Township Assessor

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Mary Margaret Tamez was elected Assessor of Crete Township and officially began her term on January 1, 2018.  She previously served as Chief Deputy Assessor of Crete Township prior to her running for elected office.  She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School and has been a resident of Crete Township for the last 30 years, spending her youth in University Park, Illinois.

Mary has been employed with the Crete Township Assessor’s Office for the last twelve years and has vast experience in the area, assessing over 11,000 parcels and over 7,000 homes.  She is currently an active member of the Illinois Assessors Association, Vice President of the Will County Assessor Association, and Township Officials of Illinois.  She previously served as Co-President of the Parent-Teachers Organization (“PTO”) of the Crete Monee Middle School and is a former member of the Crete Elementary PTO as well as the Crete Emergency Services & Disaster Agency (“ESDA”).  Further information on Mary can be found on her LinkedIn profile:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-tamez-6b190411.

The policies enacted by the township board are executed by the supervisor and the clerk. The trustees may not establish policy for either the township assessor or the highway commissioner.  Trustees do, however, certify tax levies for the township and road district. For the road district, the amount of the levy is determined by the highway commissioner. In their capacity as legislative officers, trustees adopt the annual town budget and appropriation ordinance, the general assistance budget and the road district bud

Laura Elton

There is an elected township tax collector in just five Illinois counties-Cook, Madison, Peoria, Sangamon and Will. Township tax collectors are prohibited in counties with populations less than 150,000.

The township tax collectors are most active in Peoria and Sangamon counties. In Peoria County, township collectors collect the majority of taxes each year prior to September 1. In Sangamon County, township tax collectors collect about 80 percent of tax payments.

Although they are statutorily provided, tax collectors are inactive in Madison, Will and Cook counties.

In counties with populations more than 150,000 but less than 3 million, the office for township tax collector may be abolished by referendum in a general election.

The township board of trustees is the legislative branch of township government. Each single township has four trustees and a supervisor, which comprise the board. Each board member, elected at-large within the township, has one vote on all issues before the township board.

Bob Hodge
Township Trustee






Jim Piacentini
Township Trustee- Mosquito And Youth








Frank Elton
Township Trustee- Senior And Special Events





Walter Grady
Township Trustee

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