Bensenville, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583
Bensenville
Village
Official name: Village of Bensenville
Motto: Gateway to Opportunity
Country United States
State Illinois
County DuPage, Cook
Township Addison Township
Coordinates 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583
Area 5.62 sq mi (15 km2)
 - land 5.57 sq mi (14 km2)
 - water 0.05 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 18,352 (2010)
Density 3,296.6 / sq mi (1,273 / km2)
Founded 1884
Government President-Trustee
Village President Frank Soto
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60106
Area code 630
Location of Bensenville within Illinois
Location of Bensenville within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Bensenville, Illinois
Website: http://www.bensenville.il.us/

Bensenville is a village located primarily in DuPage County, Illinois, with a portion of the town near O'Hare International Airport in Cook County, Illinois, officially belonging to the City of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 18,352. The village has a diverse population.

First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road railway. The community is named after Benzen, Germany.[1][2] A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added.[1]

The Edge Ice Arena is located in Bensenville, home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team.

The Churchville School in Bensenville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

Bensenville is located at 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583.[3]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.62 square miles (14.6 km2), of which 5.57 square miles (14.4 km2) (or 99.11%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.89%) is water.[4]

Schools[edit]

Bensenville School District 100:

Bensenville School District 2:

  • Blackhawk Middle School
  • Tioga Elementary School
  • W.A. Johnson Elementary School
  • Mohawk Elementary School

Private:

  • Holy Family, Private Roman Catholic
  • Zion Concord Lutheran School, Private K-8

Demographics[edit]

As of the census [5] of 2010, there were 18,352 people residing in the village. The population density was 3,296.6 people per square mile (5,305.3/km²). There were 6,743 housing units. The racial makeup of the village was 67.3% White, 3.5% African American, 1.0% Native American, 4.8% Asian, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.8% of the population.

There were 6,312 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 11% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 20 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were over 65 years of age. The median age was 33.4 years.

The median income for a household in the village was $52,500 and the median income for a family was $55,500. About 15.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those over age 65.

Transportation[edit]

The "Midwest Hiawatha" traveling through Bensenville, 1943

Bensenville has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois (at Union Station). From there, passengers can connect to an Amtrak train.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to Bensenville's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[6] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 LifeLink 400
2 US Foods 400
3 Central States Trucking 300
4 Victor Envelope Company 220
5 Ewing-Doherty Mechanical 200
6 Expeditors International 200
7 Telesource 200
8 Allmetal 200
9 UPS Supply Chain Solutions 200
10 Envelopes Express 175

In popular culture[edit]

Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) junkyard on Green Street which has repeatedly aired the same commercial, starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981.

Part of the movie "Flatliners" was filmed at the old green house that was next to Black Hawk Junior High School in 1990.

The Spilotro brothers were executed in a basement in Bensenville and buried in a cornfield in Indiana as depicted in the movie Casino which depicts the corruption at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci portrayed one of the Spilotro brothers.

In the television series Boss, a multiepisode story arc involves the main character, Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), being damaged by a scandal in which he authorized the dumping of carcinogenic chemicals that soak into the groundwater of Bensenville.

The Christian metalcore band Gwen Stacy recorded the video for their single "The First Words" in an abandoned neighborhood in Bensenville.

Sister cities[edit]

Notable people[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois. 
  2. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ "US Census Bureau QuickFacts". 2010 Census. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Village of Bensenville CAFR
  7. ^ Colin Brady's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008
  8. ^ Colin Brady filmography @imdb.com; retrieved 13 August 2008
  9. ^ Daren Dochterman's bio for Fenton's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008
  10. ^ Daren Dochterman filmography @imdb.com; retrieved 13 August 2008
  11. ^ Jim Spivey's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008
  12. ^ Dr. Audrey Wagner's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008
  13. ^ AAGPL records page @aagpl.org; retrieved 13 August 2008

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