Bolingbrook, Illinois

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Bolingbrook
Village
Motto: "A place to grow"
Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861
Country  United States
State Illinois
Counties Will, DuPage
Township DuPage, Wheatland, Lisle, Plainfield
Incorporated 1965
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Roger Claar (R)
Area
 • Total 24.26 sq mi (62.8 km2)
 • Land 24.05 sq mi (62.3 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.87%
Population (2012)
 • Total 74,039
 • Density 3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Standard of living
 • Per capita income $23,468 (median: $67,852)
 • Home value $153,410 (2000) (median: $141,400)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code(s) 60439, 60440, and 60490
Area code(s) 630/331 and 815/779
Geocode 17-07133
Website www.bolingbrook.com
Demographics (2000)[1]
White Black Hispanic Asian
54.27% 20.44% 24.40% 11.38%
Islander Native Other
0.03% 0.3% 10.5%

Bolingbrook, a suburb of Chicago, is a village in Will and DuPage counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 US Census, the population is 73,366. It is the 17th largest incorporated place in Illinois.

Geography[edit]

Bolingbrook is located at 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861 (41.698613, -88.088668),[2] approximately 28 miles southwest of Downtown Chicago.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 24.26 square miles (62.8 km2), of which 24.05 square miles (62.3 km2) (or 99.13%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.87%) is water.[3]

Bolingbrook borders the communities of Woodridge, Romeoville, Plainfield, and Naperville.

Interstate 55 Stevenson Expy. runs through the southern part of the village heading northeast to Chicago and southwest to Plainfield and Joliet. Interstate 355 Veterans Memorial Tollway (formerly N-S Tollway) runs along the far east side of the village between New Lenox and Addison. Illinois 53, locally known as Bolingbrook Drive, runs north–south through the middle of the village.

Other main streets in Bolingbrook include Boughton Rd., Lily Cache Ln., Weber Rd., Veterans Pkwy. (formerly Naperville Rd.), Briarcliff Rd., Hassert Blvd. (formerly 111th St.), Rodeo Dr. (formerly 119th St.), Schmidt Rd., Crossroads Pkwy., and Remington Blvd.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 56,321 people, 17,416 households, and 14,246 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,746.5 people per square mile (1,060.2/km²). There were 17,884 housing units at an average density of 872.1 per square mile (336.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 64.51% White, 20.41% African American, 0.23% Native American, 6.38% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.65% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.09% of the population.

There were 17,416 households out of which 48.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the village the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $67,852, and the median income for a family was $71,527 (these figures had risen to $76,392 and $82,462 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[5]). Males had a median income of $46,915 versus $33,665 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,468. About 2.9% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Growth[edit]

A typical neighborhood street in Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook is a relatively new suburb of Chicago, having been incorporated in 1965. The first settlement in what is now Bolingbrook was established in 1831, but the informal farming villages remained unincorporated for over 130 years. The tiny Boardman Cemetery, in what is now the Heritage Creek subdivision, contains the remains of some of these early residents.

Modern Bolingbrook has its roots in the housing boom of the 1950s. The first subdivision in Bolingbrook, known as Westbury, was located immediately west of Route 53. A second subdivision, known as Colonial Village, followed, located on the far east side of Route 53.[6] The village continued to grow steadily for the remainder of the 1960s, reaching a population of 7,000 by 1970. The 1970s were the first period of rapid growth in Bolingbrook, during which its population quintupled to reach over 37,000 by 1980. Much of this growth was as much due to mass annexation as well as raw population growth; the population of Bolingbrook by the 1970 census but with its 1980 land boundary was approximately 25,000, further reflecting the vigorous annexation that took place during the 1970s. However, Bolingbrook made Illinois' list of 100 Top places to live.

During the 1980s, growth in Bolingbrook and Will County slowed considerably as the focus of Chicago-area growth in that decade largely shifted to the northern tier of suburbs in Lake and McHenry counties. By 1990, Bolingbrook's population had only increased by about 10% from the previous decade, to about 41,000. The main benefit of this slower growth is that it allowed the village's infrastructure (especially its school district) to catch up with its population.

The 1990s ushered in a second wave of strong growth to Bolingbrook, as Will and nearby Kendall counties once again became Chicagoland's fastest growing region. This second growth wave continued until 2007, when the population peaked at over 75,000. Due to a huge increase in mortgage foreclosures, the population has dropped by more than 5,000.[verification needed]

Law and government[edit]

John J. "Jack" Leonard was instrumental in the initial incorporation of the village and served as the village's first mayor. Prior to hiring a full-time police chief he served "double-duty" as both Village President and part-time Police Chief.[citation needed] At this time, the police "station" was headquartered in a spare bedroom in Leonard's home. The police car was kept in his garage when it was not patrolling. Later the station moved to an old farmhouse on Briarcliff Road next to Saint Dominic Church.[citation needed] Leonard's wife, Delphine M. Leonard (Hench) served as the village's first police radio operator.[citation needed]

Eventually, the first police chief, Fred Greening was hired. He was recruited from the detective division of the Detroit Police Department.

In 1971, Bolingbrook purchased station 2 from the Lemont Fire Protection District, which had been serving much of the village, thus establishing its own fire department. Since then, that station has been expanded and four others have been built.[7]

The current mayor of Bolingbrook is Republican Roger C. Claar, who has served in that role since 1986.[8] In 2007, Claar came under scrutiny for his lavish lifestyle funded by his campaign fund.[9][10]

Schools[edit]

Most of Bolingbrook lies within the boundaries of Valley View School District 365U and Fountaindale Public Library District, both of which also include nearby Romeoville, Illinois. Other school districts that serve Bolingbrook include Plainfield School District 202, Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville School District 203, Woodridge School District 68, and Downers Grove High School District 99.[citation needed]

Early history[edit]

School District 365U was originally known as District 94. It took its present name when it became the first school district in the United States to implement the 45-15 plan, in which schools were occupied year round with 3/4 of the students in session at any one time. Students went to school for 9 weeks and then had 3 weeks off. Additionally, teachers were optionally allowed to work year-round.

The first school built in Bolingbrook was North View School located at 151 E. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (now closed).[11]

High schools[edit]

Bolingbrook High School (365U), Plainfield North and Plainfield East (202), Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville (204), Naperville Central (203), and Downers Grove South (99). Romeoville High School also serves as an alternative for some students residing in Valley View 365U. In addition, selected Bolingbrook teens attend the Illinois Math and Science Academy Aurora.

Middle schools[edit]

In Valley View 365U

  • Brooks (located in the former Bolingbrook High School building and home of the district's ESL program)
    • Jane Addams (near the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center)
    • Hubert H. Humphrey

In Indian Prairie 204 (Naperville)

    • Gregory

In Naperville CUSD 203

    • Madison

In Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

    • Kennedy (Plainfield)

In Woodridge Elementary School District 68

    • Jefferson (Woodridge).

Elementary schools[edit]

In Valley View 365U

    • Bernard J. Ward (formerly a middle school)
    • Independence
    • Jamie McGee
    • John R. Tibbott
    • Jonas E. Salk
    • Pioneer
    • Oak View
    • Wood View

In Indian Prairie 204

    • Builta

In Naperville 203

    • River Woods

In Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

    • Liberty
    • Elizabeth Eichelberger

In Woodridge Elementary School District 68

    • John L. Sipley

Alternative schools[edit]

In Valley View 365U

    • STEP Program (also housed in the former Bolingbrook High School building)

Catholic schools[edit]

    • St. Dominic School (serving grades PK - 8)

Parochial grade school students may go on to Catholic high schools in proximity to Bolingbrook such as Benet Academy in Lisle, Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, and Mount Assisi Academy (Girls) in Lemont.

Recreation[edit]

Bolingbrook Park District[edit]

The Bolingbrook Park District was created in 1970, after being approved by referendum. In 1974, the Park District built its first new building, the Deatherage-Drdak Center, constructed only with volunteer labor. In the following three decades the Bolingbrook Park District has grown to include numerous woodlands and parks, several community centers, the Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Complex (recognized for its excellence by Chicago Magazine in April 2004), and the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex (BRAC). Most recently, the Bolingbrook Park District was one of the four finalists for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park Management, Facilities, and Programs.

In 1982, the Park District opened the first indoor wave pool in the United States. It was closed shortly after the BRAC and Pelican Harbor opened in 1996, and has since been converted to an ice skating arena.[12]

In 2009, the Park District opened its Hidden Oaks Nature Center, which sits on 80 acres of woodland and river plain habitat. The Nature Center has a Platinum LEED Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and was built from recycled materials. As of 2014, the Nature Center is used to run naturalist programs and summer camps. Animal residents include: coyotes, deer, great horned owls, and other species common to Northern Illinois. [13]

Golf[edit]

Bolingbrook is home to the Boughton Ridge Golf Course, a 9-hole course owned by the Bolingbrook Park District. In addition, the Bolingbrook Golf Club, a municipal facility which includes an 18-hole course, is located in the village. Other Golf Courses within proximity of Bolingbrook include Naperbrook GC, Tamarack GC, Wedgewood GC, and Links at Carillon (all in Plainfield), White Eagle GC and Springbrook GC in Naperville, Village Greens of Woodridge and Seven Bridges GC in Woodridge, River Bend GC in Lisle, Carriage Greens GC and RCC in Darien, Cog Hill GC in Lemont, and Mistwood GC in Romeoville.[citation needed]

Aviation[edit]

Clow International Airport is a small airport off of Boughton-Weber with an estimated 3,362-foot (1,025 m) runway. Clow is a public (non-commercial) airport, owned by the Village and operated under a contract with a management company. In 1989, the airport was named the "best privately owned, public use airport in Illinois." Currently, there are 70,000 take-offs and landings at the airport annually.

A WGN-TV helicopter is stationed at Clow Airport. The airport previously served as a base station for Air Angels Aeromedical Transport prior to the company closing its doors in early 2009. It also provides flight training and airplane charters through A & M Aviation, aircraft maintenance through A & M Maintenance, and has an EAA chapter that provides free Young Eagles flights for children.

The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook was formed in 2004. The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers and is located in a remodeled hangar at Clow International Airport, currently donated by the Village of Bolingbrook.

Notable people[edit]

  • Kenneth Boatright, football free agent raised in Bolingbrook[14]
  • J. J. Furmaniak, professional baseball infielder raised in Bolingbrook
  • Drew Peterson, former Bolingbrook police sergeant, suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, convicted of drowning his third wife[15]
  • Steve Williams, football free agent raised in Bolingbrook

References in popular culture[edit]

In Money Magazine's August 2010 Edition of "America's Top 100 Places to Live," Bolingbrook has been placed as #43.[16] In its 2008 edition, it was placed at #32.[17]

Bolingbrook, specifically the Chicago Bow Hunters club, is mentioned in the 2005 movie The Weather Man.

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2000 United States Census Data
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US1706587&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US17%7C16000US1706587&_street=&_county=bolingbrook&_cityTown=bolingbrook&_state=04000US17&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
  6. ^ http://www.bolingbrook.com/index.php?page_id=57
  7. ^ "Fire department history". Bolingbrook Fire Department. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Village of Bolingbrook Elected Officials". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2007/BolingbrookaCest-Moi/%7CChicago Magazine article
  10. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-bolingbrook-money-mayoraug27,0,2126393.story?page=1%7CChicago Tribune article
  11. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-01-23/news/9101070476_1_district-enrollment-parents-group-parents-and-other-residents
  12. ^ "Park District History". Bolingbrook Park District. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hidden Oaks Nature Center". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  14. ^ "Seattle Seahawks: Players". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Authorities call cop a suspect in wife's disappearance. Associated Press. 9 November 2007.
  16. ^ http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/snapshots/PL1707133.html
  17. ^ http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshots/PL1707133.html

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