Stookey Township, St. Clair County, Illinois
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As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,007 and it contained 4,394 housing units.
Location in St. Clair County
St. Clair County's location in Illinois
|Established||November 6, 1883|
|• Total||27.46 sq mi (71.1 km2)|
|• Land||27.25 sq mi (70.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.21 sq mi (0.5 km2) 0.76%|
|• Density||367.3/sq mi (141.8/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Website||Stookey Township Official Website|
Stookey Township is a township located in St. Clair County, Illinois. It is an unincorporated part of Belleville, Illinois located just west of downtown Belleville, for that reason it is often referred to by locals as Belleville West. Residential homes and small businesses occupy the region along with occasional shopping centers (one is currently under construction and will be finished by December 2006). The township rides along Illinois Route 13 and converges with Illinois Route 15 and Illinois Route 159. The ZIP code for the township is 62223. The telephone area code of the township is 618.
According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 27.46 square miles (71.1 km2), of which 27.25 square miles (70.6 km2) (or 99.24%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.76%) is water.
The Illinois West-Central Railway also runs through the township in which supply and cargo freight trains run through at least a few times a day on the way to Chicago, IL, Saint Louis, MO, or East Saint Louis, IL.
The closest airport to Stookey Township is the Mid-America Airport, which is about 12 miles to the east of the township. The closest major international airport is Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport which is west of Saint Louis, MO and about 25 miles away.
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Belleville Crossing is a new shopping center and retail/business plaza that is currently undergoing construction by the Desco Group under the contractor Impact Strategies. The first stores opened in this plaza in October, 2007. Presently phase I of the plaza is finished with Target, Home Depot, Pet Smart, OfficeMax, and Mattress Giant being the anchor occupants along with many other smaller shops occupy this plaza. Other phases are currently under construction, and have so far included Buffalo Wild Wings, Qdoba's, and a Walgreens which is set to open in January 2009. A White Castle and a Wendy's are also being built, and will open in the Spring of 2009. A movie theater and possible Hampton Inn hotel are also in the works and will be finished by Summer 2010. Other smaller strip malls are also completing construction and will be finished by Fall/Winter 2009.
While technically annexed by Belleville Township proper (City of Belleville), it is located in the heart of Stookey Township near the new Belleville West High School at the intersection of IL Route 15, and Frank Scott Parkway. Also many consumers that shop at this shopping center are from Stookey Township and surrounding areas. The shopping center also presently supplies the township and surrounding area with over 600 retail related jobs both full and part-time. It is expected to bring 1500 to 1750 jobs to the region all together when the shopping center is completed by the end of 2010.
Sites of interest
- Belle Clair Fairgrounds Park
- National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
- Skyview Drive-in Theatre
- Belleville Crossing Shopping Plaza
The main public high school that serves the area is Belleville West High School which was, in 2003, moved from its old location at 2600 West Main Street (now Lindenwood University's Belleville Campus) to its new location at 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West.
- Belleville School District 118
- Belleville Township High School District 201
- Harmony Emge School District 175
- Signal Hill School District 181
- Saint Louis University Belleville Campus
- Lindenwood University Belleville Campus
- Southwestern Illinois College
Utility companies that work in the area are the Ameren IP Company (providing both electricity and natural gas), the Illinois-American Water Company, Stookey Township Sewer and Belleville Sewage. Since Stookey Township isn't officially part of Belleville, it does not receive city trash service—several public and privately owned trash collection companies are available to choose from. Residents must contact a collection company to set up deals on trash collection. Citizens of Stookey also cannot get library cards or check out books at Belleville libraries. No libraries exist so far in Stookey Township. Stookey township citizens are protected by the Signal Hill and Villa Hills volunteer fire departments and the St. Clair County Sheriff, but Belleville city police do not have jurisdiction in Stookey Township.
- Jay Farrar - Spent his childhood in Stookey Township, front man for alternative rock group Uncle Tupelo (with Jeff Tweedy), alternative rock group Son Volt, and a successful solo artist.
- Jenny Bindon - Goalkeeper for the New Zealand Women's Football Team at the 2007 Women's World Cup and 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Grew up in Stookey Township.
- "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
- Stookey Township Official Website
- St. Clair County Official Site
- Illinois State Archives