18 Sep 2016

Plainfield

Plainfield is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The US Census Bureau estimates the population at 41,734 as of 2013.

The village includes land in Plainfield and Wheatland townships. Part of Plainfield is located in Kendall County (Na-Au-Say and Oswego townships). With the growth in the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s and 2000s, the village has seen a population increase, from 4,500 in 1990 to 28,000 in 2000 to over 37,000 in 2007.

The village has established a community Preservation Commission and historic preservation ordinance. It is the home of the Lake Renwick Preserve, a county forest preserve used for birdwatching and other activities.

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17 Sep 2016

Joliet

Joliet is a city in Kendall and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Chicago. It is the county seat of Will County. At the 2010 census, the city was the fourth largest in Illinois, with a population of 147,433.

In 1833, following the Black Hawk War, Charles Reed built a cabin along the west side of the Des Plaines River. Across the river in 1834, James B. Campbell, treasurer of the canal commissioners, laid out the village of “Juliet”, a name local settlers had been using before his arrival. The origin of the name was most likely a corruption of the name of French Canadian explorer Louis Joliet, who in 1673, along with Father Jacques Marquette, paddled up the Des Plaines River and camped on a huge mound, a few miles south of present-day Joliet. Maps from Joliet’s exploration of the area, placed a large hill or mound on what is now the southwest corner of the city, since there is no point that is farther southwest. That hill was named Mound Joliet. The spot was mined by early settlers and is now a depression. Just before the economic depression of 1837, Juliet incorporated as a village, but to cut tax expenses, Juliet residents soon petitioned the state to rescind that incorporation. In 1845, local residents changed the community’s name from “Juliet” to “Joliet”. Joliet was reincorporated as a city in 1852. Cornelius Cohenhoven Van Horne was active in getting the city its first charter, and because of this he was elected Joliet’s first Mayor. When the city later built a new bridge it was named The Van Horne Bridge.

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12 Apr 2016
11 Apr 2016

Village of Shorewood

 

The Village of Shorewood is a small town to the west of Joliet, Illinois. Shorewood, Illinois is the home of Casanova Information Services.

From wikipedia –

Shorewood began as a small fishing and resort community. Albert H. Bruning purchased farmland from Richard and Anna Meyer in 1926. He subdivided the land and sold small lots along the DuPage River for summer cottages. Joliet and Chicago residents used the cottages as weekend retreats. Hammel Woods and the DuPage River provided beautiful and popular sites for fishing, swimming and picnics.

The Village of Shorewood was previously known as Troy up until November 27, 1957 when the town was officially incorporated. The name West Troy was originally suggested by the first settler, Horace Haff, after he migrated there around 1830 from Troy, New York. Early Troy history mentions the construction of a sawmill by Jedidiah Wooley, a grist mill by William Grinton, a McGee knitting mill, and the McEvoy sheep farms.

The Shorewood Beach Improvement Association first considered incorporation on August 6, 1931. This association’s goals were to manage, control, and regulate the area as well as to improve parking. Over the years, funding began to run out, and these objectives could no longer be achieved.

At a meeting on April 22, 1957, the inhabitants of Troy decided to incorporate as a village, and on November 23, 1957, a vote was held. The necessary majority was reached with 99 out of 177 votes in favor of incorporation. However, a Troy, Illinois already existed over in Madison County, so the village was officially renamed Shorewood at that time.

 

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