Mahomet is a town in Champaign County, United States. The population was 7,258 at the 2010 census. Mahomet is located ten miles northwest of Champaign at the junction of Interstate 74 and IL 47. Mahomet is located at 40°11′33″N 88°24′8″W. According to the 2010 census, Mahomet has a total area of 9.086 square miles, of which 9.02 square miles is land and 0.066 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,877 people, 1,654 households, 1,374 families residing in the village; this figure does not include surrounding subdivisions which would double the population. The population density was 711.6 people per square mile. There were 1,700 housing units at an average density of 248.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98.18% White, 0.14% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.39% from other races, 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population. There were 1,654 households out of which 51.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 16.9% were non-families.
14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.27. In the village, the population was spread out with 34.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males. The median income for a household in the village was $57,574, the median income for a family was $61,063. Males had a median income of $46,277 versus $30,956 for females; the per capita income for the village was $21,990. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over. As of 2010 Mahomet had a population of 7,258; the ethnic and racial composition of the population was 95.9% white, 0.6% African-American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.4% reporting some other race and 1.1% reporting two or more races.
2.0 % of the population was Latino. The most popular tourist attractions in Mahomet are all Champaign County Forest Preserve District properties: Lake of the Woods Park and its award-winning Hartwell C. Howard Golf Course, the River Bend Forest Preserve. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is a 900 acres park along the Sangamon River; the park features a botanical garden, a lake, a picturesque covered bridge and offers activities like boating, cross country skiing, sledding. Within Lake of the Woods Park is the Museum of the Grand Prairie, which has a collection that features life in the 19th and early 20th century in East-Central Illinois; the park has a bell tower. The Hartwell C. Howard Golf Course is an 18-hole regulation course, a 9-hole par 3 course, a practice range; the River Bend Forest Preserve is 275 acres. The park has two large lakes, one of them being the largest lake in Champaign County and 2.5 miles of forest along the Sangamon River. The Mahomet School District has 183 instructors spread over five schools.
The village of Mahomet was first settled in 1832 on the banks of the Sangamon River. It was the first community to be established in modern-day Champaign County; the original village name was Middletown because it is half-way between the towns of Danville and Bloomington. In 1871, the name of the village was changed to Mahomet because there was another Middletown in Illinois, causing mail problems. Most early settlers came from Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania and chose to reside in Mahomet because there was abundant water from the Sangamon River and abundant trees. Most residents commute 10 miles to the city of Champaign to work, although the village has a thriving small business district. Another hypothesis is that the Illinois town's name derives from the "Mahomet Lodge," the local Masonic Lodge at the time the town was searching for a new name, its use as the name of the lodge was a manifestation of the Freemasons' liberal use of religious names and stonemason tools and symbols. An alternative theory states that the name Mahomet was arbitrarily assigned when the conflicting names were noted by the US Postal Service.
The town's own published account credits their founder Daniel T. Porter, who had Connecticut roots, as the one who denominated both the new village as Middletown and the post office as Mahomet. With the arrival of the railroad, the town embraced the name of its post office in 1871 because there was a Middletown, Illinois. Although the unusual spelling, French for Mohammed, sometimes confuses newcomers, the pronunciation of Mahomet is muh-HOMM-it. In 2007, the citizens of Mahomet voted to repeal the alcohol prohibition order, in place since World War II. Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden Hazen Bridge - A registered historical bridge northeast on Mahomet. Mahomet Public Library Village of Mahomet Illinois, Web site Mahomet-Seymour Schools web site Mahomet-Seymour Alumni web site
Champaign County, Illinois
Champaign County is a county in the U. S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 census, its population was 201,081, making it the 10th-most populous county in Illinois, its county seat is Urbana. Champaign County is part of the Champaign -- IL Metropolitan Statistical Area; the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign are the only cities in the county, they nearly surround the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Champaign County was organized in 1833, having been a part of Vermilion County; the county and county seat were named for Champaign County and Urbana, Ohio the homeplace of the Illinois legislator who sponsored the bill to create the county. The development of the county was furthered by the arrival of the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad, more by the establishment of the land-grant university; the county got an airport and a mass transit district. The northern part of the county experienced an economic and demographic setback with the closing of Chanute Air Training Center in the 1990s.
In the 2004 Presidential election, it was one of only 15 of the 102 Illinois counties where John Kerry received a majority of the vote. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 998 square miles, of which 996 square miles is land and 2.1 square miles is water. It is the fifth-largest county in Illinois by land area; because Champaign County is situated on a large and flat plateau, it had no natural drainage, so that much of the County consisted of wetlands until drainage ditches were built, beginning in the 1870s. This was an example of an upland marsh, which resulted in a high incidence of malaria before the late nineteenth century; the topography of Champaign County was formed by the Wisconsin Glacier about 20,000 years before the present. Lobes of ice from what is now Lake Michigan crossed the county, creating a deep pile of glacial soil, up to 300 feet thick, topped by numerous moraines forming small, flat watersheds with no outlets. Champaign County is situated on the divide between the Mississippi Rivers.
Rivers flow out of Champaign County to the east and south. The Kaskaskia River has its origin to the northwest of Champaign, draining the western side of that City; the Kaskaskia flows toward the southwest, joining the Mississippi south of Missouri. The Embarras River, on the other hand, drains the south-central portion of the Champaign–Urbana metropolitan area, originating in southeastern Champaign and flowing through the experimental fields on the southern part of the campus of the University of Illinois; the Embarras is a tributary to the Wabash Ohio River systems. The northeast corner of Champaign, the central portion of the University campus, the northern part of Urbana are drained by the Boneyard Creek, which flows into the Saline Ditch, a tributary of the Vermilion and Wabash rivers. Ford County – north Vermilion County – east Edgar County – southeast Douglas County – south Piatt County – west McLean County – northwest The following public-use airports are located in the county: University of Illinois Willard Airport – Champaign–Urbana Rantoul National Aviation Center – Rantoul Frasca Field – Urbana Passenger trains operated by Amtrak connect Champaign along the old Illinois Central route, operating between Chicago and either Carbondale or New Orleans.
In August 2018, the Champaign County Board voted to approve solar farms on certain agricultural properties. Solar farms use photovoltaic energy, energy produced by cells that generate electricity when they are hit by light; the board approved solar farms in AG-2 agricultural zoning districts. In order to make the solar farms, developers must obtain a special permit from the county board first; as of August 24, at least seven applications to build farms were submitted. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Urbana have ranged from a low of 16 °F in January to a high of 85 °F in July, although a record low of −25 °F was recorded in January 1999 and a record high of 109 °F was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.90 inches in January to 4.80 inches in May. As of the 2010 census, there were 201,081 people, 80,665 households, 42,737 families residing in the county; the population density was 201.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 87,569 housing units at an average density of 87.9 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the county was 73.4% white, 12.4% black or African American, 8.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.2% from other races, 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.9% were German, 12.2% were Irish, 11.5% were American, 8.9% were English. Of the 80,665 households, 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 47.0% were non-families, 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.95. The median age was 28.9 years. The median income for a household in the county was $45,262 and the median income for a family was $65,785. Males had a median income of $45,823 versus $35,321 for females; the per capita income for the county was $24,553. About 9.7% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation produced a 2009 County
Homer is a village in Champaign County, United States. Its population was 1,193 at the 2010 census. Homer grew from a settlement named Union, on the Fort Clark or State Road running between Danville and Urbana, nearly three miles north of the present town. Union was little more than several cabins built in 1829-30, but it served as a post office and meeting place in what was Vermilion County prior to the creation of Champaign County in 1833. Moses Thomas, a native of Pennsylvania, built a mill on the Salt Fork creek southeast of Union in 1834 and began to mill grain. A young merchant traveling from Indiana, Michael Doctor Coffeen, built a store adjacent to the mill, with Thomas created the village of Homer on January 26, 1837; the post office was moved to Homer with M. D. Coffeen as postmaster in 1841. Homer grew to 120 people in 1850, the coming of the Great Western Railroad to the south of the town prompted the village to move to its present location. In February 1855, the town's 32 buildings were dragged 1.5 miles south by 18 teams of oxen.
The village became a stop on the railway named the Wabash Railroad, becoming the center of agriculture in eastern Champaign County. In 1905, the town became the location for Homer Park, an amusement park on the Illinois Traction System interurban line. Homer Park, north of the village on the Salt Fork creek, offered swimming, baseball, movies and a small zoo; the park closed in 1937 after poor management. The Homer School District, which served the village and the surrounding area, set a record for the longest teacher's strike in the nation's history, spanning from October 26, 1986, to June 23, 1987. At 156 days, the strike was more than twice as long as the second-longest, set by a school district near Cleveland, Ohio during the 2002-2003 school year. At issue throughout the negotiations was the salary formula, which the Chicago Tribune reported was "not to drastically change the pay rates of... teachers." Other provisions included allowing teachers fired during the strike to be allowed to return with no loss of salary or seniority and the district's newly unionized support staff getting a 6 percent pay increase beginning July 1, an additional 2 percent increase at the beginning of the 1988-1989 school year.
Legal fees were estimated to be $150,000. Although the strike lasted 156 days, students only lost 11 days of class time as strikebreaking teachers were hired to teach classes. However, some families moved from Homer or paid tuition to have their children attend neighboring schools; the Homer School District consolidated with the Allerton-Broadlands-Longview School District, many of the teachers left and all but two school board members either did not seek re-election or were defeated in the first election after the settlement. The town suffered from the effects of the strike for many years, according to a 2006 article in The News Gazette of Champaign-Urbana. Homer is located at 40°2′6″N 87°57′32″W. According to the 2010 census, Homer has a total area of all land; this Homer should not be confused with the former village of Homer, now called Troy Grove nor the Homer Glen area of Will County in Homer Township. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,200 people, 489 households, 339 families residing in the village.
The population density was 1,169.3 people per square mile. There were 511 housing units at an average density of 497.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98.83% White, 0.08% African American, 0.50% Asian, 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population. There were 489 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.5% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99. In the village, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $37,429, the median income for a family was $43,170. Males had a median income of $33,021 versus $23,897 for females; the per capita income for the village was $18,788. About 7.3% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over. Raymond Kelly Cunningham Jr. and Molly Shoaf. "From the Timber to the Prairie: A History of Homer Illinois Volume I." Village of Homer Illinois Homepage
East Bend Township, Champaign County, Illinois
East Bend Township is a township in Champaign County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 584 and it contained 257 housing units. East Bend Township was so named for a meander of the Sangamon River. East Bend is Township 22 Range 8 East of the Third Principal Meridian. According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 36.21 square miles, of which 36.04 square miles is land and 0.17 square miles is water. The streams of Blackford Slough, Dickerson Slough and Hillsbury Slough run through this township. Fisher Dewey Houstonville The township contains two cemeteries: Beekman and East Bend. U. S. Route 136 "East Bend Township, Champaign County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-04. United States Census Bureau cartographic boundary files US-Counties.com City-Data.com Illinois State Archives
A civil township is a used unit of local government in the United States, subordinate to a county. The term town is used in New England, New York, Wisconsin to refer to the equivalent of the civil township in these states. Specific responsibilities and the degree of autonomy vary based on each state. Civil townships are distinct from survey townships, but in states that have both, the boundaries coincide and may geographically subdivide a county; the U. S. Census Bureau classifies civil townships as minor civil divisions. There are 20 states with civil townships. Township functions are overseen by a governing board and a clerk or trustee. Township officers include justice of the peace, road commissioner, assessor and surveyor. In the 20th century, many townships added a township administrator or supervisor to the officers as an executive for the board. In some cases, townships run local libraries, senior citizen services, youth services, disabled citizen services, emergency assistance, cemetery services.
In some states, a township and a municipality, coterminous with that township may wholly or consolidate their operations. Depending on the state, the township government has varying degrees of authority. In the Upper Midwestern states near the Great Lakes, civil townships, are but not always, overlaid on survey townships; the degree to which these townships are functioning governmental entities varies from state to state and in some cases within a state. For example, townships in the northern part of Illinois are active in providing public services — such as road maintenance, after-school care, senior services — whereas townships in southern Illinois delegate these services to the county. Most townships in Illinois provide services such as snow removal, senior transportation, emergency services to households residing in unincorporated parts of the county; the townships in Illinois each have a township board, whose board members were called township trustees, a single township supervisor. In contrast, civil townships in Indiana are operated in a consistent manner statewide and tend to be well organized, with each served by a single township trustee and a three-member board.
Civil townships in these states are not incorporated, nearby cities may annex land in adjoining townships with relative ease. In Michigan, general law townships are corporate entities, some can become reformulated as charter townships, a status intended to protect against annexation from nearby municipalities and which grants the township some home rule powers similar to cities. In Wisconsin, civil townships are known as "towns" rather than townships, but they function the same as in neighboring states. In Minnesota, state statute refers to such entities as towns yet requires them to have a name in the form "Name Township". In both documents and conversation, "town" and "township" are used interchangeably. Minnesota townships can be either Non-Urban or Urban, but this is not reflected in the township's name. In Ohio, a city or village is overlaid onto a township unless it withdraws by establishing a paper township. Where the paper township does not extend to the city limits, property owners pay taxes for both the township and municipality, though these overlaps are sometimes overlooked by mistake.
Ten other states allow townships and municipalities to overlap. In Kansas, some civil townships provide services such as road maintenance and fire protection services not provided by the county. In New England, the states are subdivided into towns, which are functioning municipal corporations that provide most local services. While counties exist in New England, for the most part they serve as dividing lines for state judicial systems. With the exception of a few remote areas of New Hampshire and Maine, every square foot of New England lies within the borders of an incorporated town. New England has cities, most of which are towns whose residents have voted to replace the town meeting form of government with a city form. In portions of New Hampshire and Maine, county subdivisions that are not incorporated are referred to as townships, or by other terms such as "gore", "grant", "location", "plantation", or "purchase". In New York, counties are further subdivided into towns and cities, the principal forms of local government.
Towns fulfill a function similar to those of townships in other states. As is the case in most of New England, every square foot of New York's territory is incorporated. New York towns contain one or more incorporated villages, village residents pay both town and village taxes. Towns include a number of unincorporated hamlets. A Pennsylvania township is a unit of local government, responsible for services such as police departments, local road and street maintenance, it acts the same as a borough. Townships were established based on convenient geographical boundaries and vary in size from six to fifty-two square miles. A New Jersey township is similar, in that it is a form of municipal government equal in status to a village, borough, or city, provides similar services to a Pennsylvania township. In the South, outside cities and towns there is no local government other than the county. North Carolina is no exception to that rule, but it does have townships as minor geographical subdivisions of counties, including
Ogden is a village in Champaign County, United States. The population was 810 at the 2010 census. Ogden is located at 40°6′49″N 87°57′26″W. According to the 2010 census, Ogden has a total area of all land; as of the census of 2000, there were 743 people, 275 households, 207 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,311.2 people per square mile. There were 285 housing units at an average density of 502.9/sq mi. The racial makeup of the village was 99.19% White, 0.27% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.40% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population. There were 275 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.4% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the village, the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males. The median income for a household in the village was $45,083, the median income for a family was $48,125. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $24,327 for females; the per capita income for the village was $19,679. About 2.5% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over
Sidney is a village in Champaign County, United States. The population was 1,233 at the 2010 census; the Potawatomi Trail of Death passed through here in 1838 Sidney is located at 40°01′28″N 88°04′22″W. According to the 2010 census, Sidney has a total area of 0.625 square miles, of which 0.62 square miles is land and 0.005 square miles is water. Sidney has a village board of trustees. Village President: Charles White Village Board of Trustees: Troy D Roberts Leroy Schulter Eric Cokley Cyndi McCloud Jason Arrasmith John Finn As of the census of 2000, there were 1,062 people, 422 households, 297 families residing in the village; the population density was 1,995.7 people per square mile. There were 438 housing units at an average density of 823.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 97.65% White, 0.38% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.47% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.
There were 422 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99. In the village, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males. The median income for a household in the village was $51,563, the median income for a family was $55,987. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $27,717 for females; the per capita income for the village was $21,425. None of the families and 0.9% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 5.1% of those over 64.
John Wilson Ruckman, Union Army General with distinction in the Civil War.