Though Palatine Township Supervisor Linda Fleming didn't publicly acknowledge Tuesday's annual town meeting would be her last, residents managed to express their appreciation nonetheless.
Fleming received enthusiastic applause -- some rose from their seats -- after making her report for the eighth and final time on various township services.
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Trustee Sharon Langlotz-Johnson will be sworn in as supervisor next month. She defeated Fleming in the Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election last week.
Fleming, who was elected to two, 4-year terms as supervisor after serving as township clerk and a village of Inverness trustee, discussed ways the township has expanded its reach. She also talked about turning the $500,000 deficit she inherited into a balanced budget each of the past six years.
"It's because of the hardworking employees and the dedication they have here and the donations the residents have given to us," Fleming said. "And the board ... we work very hard to keep our expenses in line."