McCullom Lake, Illinois

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McCullom Lake
Country United States
State Illinois
County McHenry
Township McHenry
Elevation 830 ft (253 m)
Coordinates 42°22′07″N 88°17′49″W / 42.36861°N 88.29694°W / 42.36861; -88.29694Coordinates: 42°22′07″N 88°17′49″W / 42.36861°N 88.29694°W / 42.36861; -88.29694
Area 0.37 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.37 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 1,049 (2010)
Density 3,708.2/sq mi (1,432/km2)
Incorporated April 7, 1955 (1955-04-07)
Village president Terry Counley
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60050
Area code 815, 779
Location of McCullom Lake within Illinois
Location of McCullom Lake within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: McCullom Lake, Illinois

McCullom Lake is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,049 at the 2010 census.


McCullom Lake is located at 42°22′07″N 88°17′49″W / 42.36861°N 88.29694°W / 42.36861; -88.29694 (42.3686295, -88.2968581).[1]

According to the 2010 census, McCullom Lake has a total area of 0.37 square miles (0.96 km2), all land.[3] McHenry occupies the southeast shore. The Lake is well known locally for excellent ice fishing. Shallow weeds in the late summer time at the McCullom Lake beach, (not McHenry's beach) make its beach dangerous (drownings have occurred) and have limited game fishing.

Major streets[edit]

  • McCullom Lake Road


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 759
1970 873 15.0%
1980 947 8.5%
1990 1,033 9.1%
2000 1,038 0.5%
2010 1,049 1.1%
Est. 2015 1,021 [4] −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,038 people, 382 households, and 273 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,708.2 people per square mile (1,431.3/km²). There were 418 housing units at an average density of 1,493.3 per square mile (576.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.44% White, 0.87% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.24% of the population.

There were 382 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $54,500, and the median income for a family was $59,423. Males had a median income of $40,238 versus $26,100 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,350. About 5.2% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.

Class action lawsuit[edit]

In April 2006, three former next-door neighbors who contracted brain cancer filed suit against several manufacturers in the neighboring town of Ringwood, claiming that groundwater and air contamination caused their illnesses.[7]

The lawsuits were filed by a Philadelphia attorney, Aaron J. Freiwald, who also filed a class-action lawsuit to set up medical monitoring for current and former McCullom Lake residents.

The defendants, Rohm and Haas, its subsidiary Morton International, and Modine Manufacturing, deny any connection between contamination and the illnesses.

There were 33 plaintiffs, and the suit was dismissed in 2010, but reinstated in 2014 by the appeals court. The case was then settled out of court in late 2014.[7][8]

Older statistics taken from the first 23 plaintiffs indicated that nineteen had or have brain or nerve cancer, nine had or have glioblastoma multiforme, five had or have oligodendroglioma, two had or have meningioma, and one each had or has schwannoma and hemangioblastoma. Additionally, three had or have pituitary gland tumors, and one had or has cryptogenic cirrhosis.

At least seven of the plaintiffs have died, six from glioblastoma multiforme.

The story has been covered in depth by the local newspaper, the Northwest Herald, published in nearby Crystal Lake.[7] The newspaper published a six-part investigative series in December 2007.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Village of McCullom Lake
  2. ^ Illinois Regional Archives Depository System. "Name Index to Illinois Local Governments". Illinois State Archives. Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b c Craver, Kevin P. (8 March 2016). "McCullom Lake brain cancer lawsuit plaintiff Lance Kuhns dies". Northwest Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Marrazzo, Amanda; McCoppin, Robert (31 December 2014). "McCullom Lake residents settle cancer suit against chemical company". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 

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