Organizations & Political Parties
The American Legion, Post No. 29
The American Legion was organized in 1920. In 1922 with the help of the Auxiliary it bought the site where it currently resides at Palatine Road and Greeley Street. By 1948 the groups had enough money to erect a building
at that site. Keeping patriotism alive and honoring our war heroes has been a consistent theme with members.
The Palatine Jaycees were organized in 1956. The group is involved in many community service projects. It began selling Christmas trees to raise funds in 1960.
The Ku Klux Klan
The Ku Klux Klan arrived in Palatine almost a hundred years ago. In 1923 a Chicagoan named J. W. Wakem invited his city friends to drive out to the farm he owned at the northwest corner of Palatine Road and Roselle Road for a Klan rally. Because roads were not well-marked in those days, Mr. Wakem had men with white flags stationed all along the route. The Herald covered the story and said that the fiery cross was much in evidence.
A year later the Klan gave a lecture at the Palatine Village Hall. The Herald printed an advertisement and a poster was displayed in the village hall. That same summer Klan members in full hooded dress marched into downtown Palatine and conducted an initiation ceremony at Seip Auditorium on Bothwell Street.
In August the Klan announced a big picnic at Wakem’s farm, calling the farm “Klan Grove”. A dance floor was built and an immense crowd came to watch initiation ceremonies. A month later Klan Day was declared at the Cook County Fair southeast of Hicks Road and Baldwin Road.
Two years later legislators in Springfield began authoring bills to restrict activities of the Klan by forcing members to register with the Secretary of State.
The property at Roselle Road and Palatine Road was purchased in 1925 by the Cudahy Packing Co. of Chicago. The meatpacker built a golf course for the use of its employees. In 1938 A. T. McIntosh purchased it and renamed it Inverness Country Club.
The Modern Woodmen of America
Palatine had a chapter of this organization in the early 1900’s. Although primarily devoted to providing its members with insurance, the group had elaborate initiation rituals. Their drill team marched in a parade down Michigan Avenue. They were the last people to use the Battermann Brick Building in 1933. A wood stove on the third floor overheated and the resulting fire destroyed the interior.
Palatine Area Citizens for Enlightened Majorities (PACEM)
Palatine Citizens Ticket
Palatine Civic Action Party
Palatine Civic Betterment Party
Palatine Community Party
Palatine Continued Good Government Party
Palatine Democratic Club
Palatine Economy Party
Palatine Good Government Party
Palatine Independent Party
Palatine Independent Voters Ticket
Palatine People’s Economy Party
Palatine Peoples Ticket
Palatine Progressive Club
Palatine Progressive Party
Palatine Republican Club
Palatine Taxpayers Party
Palatine Township Better Government Party
Palatine Township Citizens United Party
Palatine Township Conservative Party
Palatine Township Democratic Organization
Palatine Township Independent Democrats Club
Palatine Township Independent Party
Palatine Township Non-Partisan Party
Palatine Township People’s Party
Palatine Township Regular Republican Women’s Club
Palatine Township Republican Organization
Palatine Township Young Democrats
Palatine Township Young Republicans
Palatine United Citizens Party
Topper (Township of Palatine, Principled, Energized, Republicans)
Township Republicans (Palatine Township)
Village Independent Party, Palatine