The city serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. The municipality reported 14,708 inhabitants in the year 2000 census.
On August 24, 1964, the town was the site of an explosion that killed 37 people and injured 40 others, after a stockpile of fireworks went off prematurely while stored next to two tanks of butane. 
- "Blast Kills 37 and Injures 40", Chicago Tribune, August 25, 1964, p1
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