|City of Mendota|
Sign leading into Mendota.
|Motto: The World's Greatest Little City.|
|Townships||Mendota, Troy Grove|
|Elevation||737 ft (224.6 m)|
|Area||5.09 sq mi (13.18 km2)|
|- land||5.00 sq mi (13 km2)|
|- water||0.10 sq mi (0 km2), 1.96%|
|Density||1,924.3 / sq mi (743 / km2)|
|Mayor||David W. Boelk (I)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code||815 and 779|
Mendota is a city located in north-central Illinois in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The city has 7,272 residents, and is the fifth largest city in LaSalle County, though recent estimates have shown that the population has decreased to 6,995 residents. It is part of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area. Mendota is located approximately 70 miles east of Moline, Illinois, and 55 miles south of Rockford, Illinois. The current mayor is David W. Boelk, an independent elected to a four-year term in April 2005. He was re-elected in April 2009.
Mendota is served by U.S interstate 39, U.S. Route 34, U.S. Route 52, and by many state highways including Illinois Route 251. Three Amtrak trains in each direction stop daily at the Mendota Amtrak station: the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg between Chicago and Quincy, and the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Kansas City and Los Angeles. (The California Zephyr passes through without stopping.) There are also two small airports near-by.
Mendota is located at (41.549397, -89.118377).
According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 5.09 square miles (13.2 km2), of which 5.00 square miles (12.9 km2) (or 98.23%) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) (or 1.96%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,272 people, 2,748 households, and 1,901 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,924.3 people per square mile (742.8/km²). There were 2,939 housing units at an average density of 777.7 per square mile (300.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.37% White, 0.40% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 8.42% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.15% of the population.
There were 2,748 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,354, and the median income for a family was $46,279. Males had a median income of $35,344 versus $20,556 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,731. About 7.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Mendota has a small, but vibrant Greek community, consisting of about 6-10 members. Most migrated to Mendota from the Chicago area, most notably Berwyn.
The Mendota Sweet Corn Festival attracts thousands of visitors each August; it features a parade, carnival, beer garden with live bands, free sweet corn cooked in a vintage steam engine, and other special events. The city closes down several streets in the downtown area to host the annual event which is sponsored by Del Monte Foods. The Mendota Tri-County Fair is held every Labor Day weekend at the Mendota Fairgrounds. The fair hosts a carnival, beer garden, and several other events.
The city has two man made lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Kakusha, used for boating and fishing. Mendota also maintains a community swimming pool as well as several parks including Snyders Grove, a 104-acre (0.421 km2) reserve/park.
Mendota also has 3 museums. The Hume-Carnegie Museum showcases artifacts of local history including items manufactured in Mendota as well as a small collection pertaining to Wild Bill Hickock who was born in nearby Troy Grove. The Union Depot Railroad Museum houses the current Amtrak station, several vintage railroad artifacts as well as actual train cars from the 30s and 40s. The Breaking the Prairie Museum is a small barn replica showcasing a rotating display with one large item (a vintage tractor or large item of farm husbandry) and several smaller items.
- Bill Brown, former running back with the Minnesota Vikings
- Helen E. Hokinson, cartoonist for The New Yorker (1925-1949)
- Jason Pohl, motorcycle designer with Orange County Choppers; born in Mendota
- Otto Vogel, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs; born in Mendota
Mendota has two weekly newspapers, The Mendota Reporter and The Mendota Shopping Guide.
Mendota has two commercialized radio stations.
|FM radio stations|
|100.1 FM||WGLC-FM||World's Greatest Little City||Country Music||The Radio Group||Mendota, Illinois|
|102.9 FM||WMKB||Classic Rock 102.9||Classic rock||KM Broadcasting||Mendota, Illinois|
Mendota has four public schools and one private school. The three public grade schools: Blackstone, Lincoln, and Northbrook are part of Mendota Consolidated Community School District 289; while the Mendota Township High School is district 280. Blackstone School houses kindergarten and first grade, and had an enrollment of 271 students in 2010. Lincoln School houses second through fourth grades, and had a student enrollment of 391 in 2010. Northbrook School is home to the fifth through eighth grades, as well as pre-kindergarten; and had an enrollment of 644 in 2010. The student enrollment of the high school in 2010 was 611 students. A new high school facility was built in 2002 at 2300 Main Street (U.S. Route 52). Holy Cross Roman Catholic Parish has a private school which educates students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
A number of businesses operate within Mendota including:
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