Villa Park, Illinois

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Villa Park
Village
Villa Park is located in Illinois
Villa Park
Villa Park
Coordinates: 41°53′19″N 87°58′40″W / 41.88861°N 87.97778°W / 41.88861; -87.97778Coordinates: 41°53′19″N 87°58′40″W / 41.88861°N 87.97778°W / 41.88861; -87.97778
Country  United States
State Illinois
County DuPage
Townships York, Addison
Incorporated 1914
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • President Deborah Bullwinkel
Area
 • Total 4.76 sq mi (12.3 km2)
 • Land 4.71 sq mi (12.2 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.1 km2)  1.05%
Population
 • Total 22,075
 • Density 4,600/sq mi (1,800/km2)
  Down 0.81% from 1990
Standard of living
 • Per capita income $22,354 (median: $55,706)
 • Home value $165,482 (median: $155,900 (2000))
ZIP code(s) 60181
Area code(s) 630 and 331
Geocode 77993
Website www.invillapark.com
Demographics (2000)[1]
White Black Hispanic Asian
89.15% 1.67% 12.55% 3.65%
Islander Native Other
0.03% 0.18% 3.65%

Villa Park is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States, within the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 22,075 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

When Ovaltine established their factory, they needed a way to make sure their employees could get to and from work safely, no matter the weather, terrain or other issues. Villa Park was built originally for that reason.

Following the construction of a subdivision called Villa Park in 1908 and another called Ardmore in 1910 by the real estate firm Ballard & Pottinger, Villa Park was incorporated in 1914 by uniting the two subdivisions of 300 people. The first village president, William H. Calhoun, was elected on September 12, 1914. Although this merged town was originally named after the Ardmore subdivision, the community changed its name to Villa Park in 1917. Villa Park was one of a number of suburbs directly west of downtown Chicago that flourished as a result of the electric interurban line, the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad. The railroad ran from the Chicago Loop directly west to Wheaton, Illinois, where it then split into two lines, one traveling southwest to Aurora and the other northwest to Elgin. Two small commercial areas developed, one around the Villa Avenue station and the other around the Ardmore Avenue station. In 1957, the CA&E ceased to carry passengers resulting from a dramatic drop in ridership due to the loss of a one-seat ride stemming from the construction of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), and the general increase in use of personal automobiles. The right-of-way was eventually cleaned up and developed into a hiking and bicycling trail known as the Illinois Prairie Path. The Ardmore Station is now home to the Chamber of Commerce, and the Villa Avenue Station houses the Villa Park Historical Society.

Villa Park had been home to the Ovaltine chocolate factory until it closed in 1988. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as building #86003781.[1] It has since been converted into loft apartments.[2]

A majority of the residents are of Eastern European heritage, including Polish, Czech, German, and Russian. There is also a significant Hispanic heritage.

A sizeable Muslim immigrant community began to gather in the area in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in the establishment of Islamic Foundation School in 1986.

Government[edit]

Villa Park has a Manager-Council form of government. The village manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town. The current manager is Richard Keehner, Jr. The manager position is appointed by the Village Board of Trustees. The Clerk of Villa Park is Hosanna Korynecky. She was reelected on April 9, 2013.

The village is governed by the Village President (Mayor) and six trustees, comprising the Village Board.

The six trustees are elected on a rotating basis every two years so that not all the trustees are up for reelection at once. The current trustees are John Davis, Albert Bulthuis, Robert Taglia, Chris J. Aiello, Donald Kase and Robert Wagner.

Advising the Village Board on various issues are numerous commissions composed of local residents appointed to the posts.

Trustee Deborah Bullwinkel was elected Village President on April 9, 2013, defeating former Villa Park Police Chief John Heidelmeier.

Notable people[edit]

Geography[edit]

Villa Park is located at 41°53′19″N 87°58′40″W / 41.88861°N 87.97778°W / 41.88861; -87.97778 (41.888650, -87.977884).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 4.76 square miles (12.3 km2), of which 4.71 square miles (12.2 km2) (or 98.95%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 1.05%) is water.[4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 22,075 people, 7,810 households, and 5,748 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,695.2 people per square mile (1,813.4/km²). There were 7,987 housing units at an average density of 1,698.8 per square mile (656.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 89.15% White, 3.65% Asian, 1.67% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.65% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.55% of the population.

There were 7,810 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $55,706, and the median income for a family was $62,805 (these figures had risen to $64,394 and $80,467 respectively, as of a 2007 estimate[6]). Males had a median income of $41,085 versus $29,521 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,354. About 3.6% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Ardmore Avenue Train Station
Villa Avenue Train Station

Villa Park has a commuter railroad station on Metra's Union Pacific/West Line with service west to Elburn, Illinois and east to downtown Chicago. The Ardmore Avenue Train Station and the Villa Avenue Train Station are also nationally registered historical places.[2] The Ardmore Avenue Train Station is currently serving as the home for the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce, while the Villa Avenue Train Station is home to the Villa Park Historical Museum.

Both of these former train stations lie along the Illinois Prairie Path. The Illinois Prairie Path is a regional bicycle path linking Chicago's Western Suburbs which is popular with bicyclists and pedestrians during the warmers months, and is used for cross country skiing during winter months.

Crime[edit]

Villa Park's Crime Index in 2010 was 151.6, as compared to a national average of 311.4 (a higher number is equivalent to more crime).

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