McHenry County, Illinois
McHenry County is a county located in the U. S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 308,760, making it the sixth-most populous county in Illinois, its county seat is Woodstock. McHenry County is one of the five collar counties of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. Long known as a center of agriculture and recreation, it has more experienced rapid rates of suburbanization and urbanization, but the northern and western portions of the county remain agricultural and rural. McHenry County was formed in 1836 out of LaSalle counties; the county was named for Major William McHenry, a member of the Illinois Militia during Tecumseh's War, a major during the Blackhawk War in 1832, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate. He died in Vandalia in 1835. McHenry County stretched all the way east to Lake Michigan, with the county seat centrally in McHenry, but in 1839, the eastern townships of the county were carved out to form Lake County.
The Count's House, 3803 Waukegan Rd, McHenry Charles H. Hibbard House, 413 W Grant Hwy, Marengo Col. Gustavus A. Palmer House, 5516 Terra Cotta Rd. Crystal Lake Orson Rogers House, 19621 E Grant Hwy, Marengo Lucein Boneparte Covell House, 5805 Broadway, Richmond Memorial Hall, 10308 Main St, Richmond Old McHenry County Courthouse, Woodstock City Square, Woodstock Woodstock Opera House, 110 Van Buren St, Woodstock Woodstock Square Historic District, Woodstock George Stickney House, 1904 Cherry Valley Rd, Bull Valley Terwilliger House, Mason Hill Rd & Cherry Valley Rd, Bull Valley According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 611 square miles, of which 603 square miles is land and 7.6 square miles is water. Walworth County, Wisconsin - north Kenosha County, Wisconsin - northeast Lake County - east Cook County - southeast Kane County - south DeKalb County - southwest Boone County - west In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Woodstock have ranged from a low of 11 °F in January to a high of 85 °F in July, although a record low of −29 °F was recorded in January 1979 and a record high of 109 °F was recorded in July 1936.
Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.29 inches in February to 4.56 inches in June. McHenry County is like much of the Upper Midwest, as it sees hot, humid summers, cold, snowy winters; the county is notably susceptible to high wind events, severe thunderstorms and flooding. Some of the most notable weather events in the county include the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, the Blizzard of 1967, the 1967 Belvidere - Oak Lawn tornado outbreak, the Blizzard of 1979, the Flood of 1996, the Blizzard of 1999, the Early Winter 2006 North American Storm Complex, the 2007 Midwest flooding event, the January 2008 tornado outbreak sequence, the Blizzard of 2011; as of the 2010 census, there were 308,760 people, 109,199 households, 82,288 families residing in the county. The population density was 511.9 inhabitants per square mile. There were 116,040 housing units at an average density of 192.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 90.1% white, 2.5% Asian, 1.1% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 4.3% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races.
Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 34.4% were of German heritage, 18.7% were of Irishancestry, 14.2% Polish, 10.8% Italian, 7.8% English, 3.7% of American heritage. Of the 109,199 households, 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.6% were non-families, 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.25. The median age was 38.0 years. The median income for a household in the county was $76,482 and the median income for a family was $86,698. Males had a median income of $61,971 versus $42,125 for females; the per capita income for the county was $31,838. About 4.9% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over. Crystal Lake Harvard Marengo McHenry Woodstock Chemung Pistakee Highlands McHenry County government is based out of Woodstock, the county seat.
The McHenry County Government Center, located on the north end of Woodstock along Illinois Route 47, features county offices as well as judicial facilities. The current Sheriff of McHenry County, Illinois is Bill Prim, first elected in 2014. McHenry County has voted for the Republican candidate for President in all but two elections since 1880, the first being when “Bull Moose” candidate and former Republican president Theodore Roosevelt won the county in 1912. Recent elections in 2004 and 2000 saw George W. Bush capture 59.72% and 58.5% of the county vote, respectively. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama captured McHenry County with 52% of the vote—the first time a Democrat had carried the county since 1852. In the 2012 Presidential Election, Obama only received 44% of the vote whereas Republican Mitt Romney captured 53% of the vote. In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 50% of the vote whereas Democratic Hillary Clinton received 42% of the vote.
McHenry County College, a growing community college established in 1967, serves the majority of county residents. The college includes 5,800 part-time students; the main campus is located on the northwest side of Crystal Lake, along U. S. Route 14. Secondary facilities exist in Crystal McHenry. M
2004 Democratic National Convention
The 2004 Democratic National Convention convened from July 26 to 29, 2004 at the FleetCenter in Boston and nominated Senator John Kerry from Massachusetts for President and Senator John Edwards from North Carolina for Vice President in the 2004 presidential election. The 2004 Democratic National Convention included the featured keynote speech of Barack Obama a candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, who would go on to become the 44th President of the United States in 2009. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson served as chairman of the convention, while former presidential advisor to Bill Clinton, Lottie Shackelford, served as vice chairwoman; the 2004 Democratic National Convention marked the formal end of the active primary election season, although all meaningful primary elections had finished months earlier. After the convention, John Kerry and John Edwards were defeated by the incumbent George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the general election; the 2004 Democratic National Convention featured a theme for each day of the convention.
The first night of the meeting focused on the theme "Plan for America's Future" with speeches devoted to building optimism for John Kerry's candidacy. The second night of the meeting focused on the theme "A Lifetime of Strength and Service" devoted to John Kerry's biography and his path to his nomination; the third night of the meeting focused on the theme "A Stronger More Secure America" devoted to issues of homeland security and the global war on terror. The last night of the meeting focused on the theme "Stronger at Home, Respected in the World" devoted to the overall agenda of the party to secure the borders, improving domestic welfare while at the same time promoting international cooperation in world affairs; the phrase "Help is on the Way" was repeated by speakers such as John Edwards. The 2004 Democratic National Convention passed an official party platform. A forty-three page document, the party platform was entitled "Strong at Home, Respected in the World" – the name of the theme conveyed on the last night of the convention.
The first part of the platform was called "A Strong, Respected America". The section defined specific goals and actions to defeat terrorism, to keep weapons of mass destruction from the hands of terrorists, to promote world peace and security, to strengthen the military, to achieve energy independence and to strengthen homeland security; the second part of the platform was called, "A Strong, Growing Economy". The section defined specific goals and actions to create what the party called "good jobs" and "standing up for the great American middle class." The third part of the platform was called, "Strong, Healthy Families." The section defined specific goals and actions to reform the healthcare system in the United States, to improve education and to protect the environment. The final part of the platform was called, "A Strong American Community." It stressed the diversity of the nation and the importance of upholding civil rights as a major tenet of the party. The 2004 Democratic National Convention was the first held in Boston, one of the few held in the home state of the presidential nominee, the first since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
During the convention, there was a memorial service to honor the victims of the attacks. Halima Salee, who lost her daughter, son-in-law, unborn grandchild on American Flight 11, spoke. After an initial notice to 34 cities, 10 cities requested the RFP to host the convention: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York and Pittsburgh. Of those, five cities submitted bids, four cities were visited by the DNC during the site selection process. Boston was announced as the host of the convention on November 13, 2002; as a result of the selection of Boston, organizers of the Reebok Pro Summer League had to fold the league into the upstart Las Vegas Summer League due to a lack of lodging in the Boston area. During the convention, U. S. Capitol Police, the U. S. Coast Guard, other governmental organizations took many security measures to protect the participants of the Democratic National Convention. Security measures included bomb-sniffing dogs, 7-feet high metal barricades, a ban on corporate and private flights at Logan airport, along with the shutting down of Interstate 93.
Other Bostonians took advantage of the meeting as a national stage for specific agendas. The police union, for example, gained attention with threats of picketing of delegates from entering and exiting functions – a dilemma for Democrats as the party has traditionally been an ally of organized labor. Having worked without a contract for two years, the police union struck a deal with Boston mayor Thomas Menino for a new contract, avoiding a major embarrassment for the party. State Senator Barack Obama, the Illinois Democratic candidate for United States Senate, delivered the convention's keynote address on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, his unexpected landslide victory in the March 2004 Illinois U. S. Senate Democratic primary had made him overnight a rising star within the national Democratic Party, started speculation about a presidential future, led to the reissue of his memoir, Dreams from My Father, his keynote address, although not carried by the commercial broadcast television networks, was well received, which further elevated his status within the Democratic Party and led to his reissued memoir becoming a bestseller.
As the keynote speaker, Obama set the tone for the party platform. His speech, proclaiming the unnecessary and artificial divides in American culture and politics, was reminiscent of John Edwards's "Two Americas" stump speech: "There's not a liberal America and a conservat
Jackson County, Illinois
Jackson County is a county located in the U. S. state of Illinois with a population of 60,218 at the 2010 United States Census. Its county seat is Murphysboro, its most populous city is Carbondale, home to the main campus of Southern Illinois University; the county was named for Andrew Jackson. The community of Brownsville served as the fledgling county's first seat. Jackson County is included in IL Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is located in the southern portion of Illinois known locally as "Little Egypt". Human occupation of Jackson County began about 11,500 years ago. Extensive documentation of the area's indigenous peoples is ongoing. Exploration from the European explorers began with the Joliet-Marquette exploration along the Mississippi River, it was not until the 18th and 19th century when pioneer farmers began to settle in the area's inexpensive land along the Mississippi River and in the forested Shawnee hills with its one-hundred-foot trees. As early as 1810 William Boone and his indentured servant Peter mined coal from the banks along Big Muddy River.
This was Illinois' first coal mine. By 1813, Conrad Will, namesake of Will County, conducted a large salt extraction operation using slave labor on the banks of the Big Muddy River, south of today's Murphysboro; as this was in the "free" Northwest Territory, Will had to have a legal exemption to own slaves. Jackson County, Illinois' ninth county to be organized, was organized in 1816, having been carved out of Randolph County, Illinois on the north and Johnson County, Illinois on the South, it was named for Andrew Jackson, who had just defeated the British Army at the Battle of New Orleans. Brownsville, located near Will's salt works, was established as the county seat; when the courthouse burned in 1843, the county voted to move the county seat to a more central location. Murphysboro, located on land owned by Dr. John and Elizabeth Logan, became the second county seat in September 1843, it was named after William C. Murphy, one of the three Commissioners appointed to select the site. Civil War Major General John A. Logan, Dr. John and Elizabeth Logan's son, was born in what is now Murphysboro on February 9, 1826.
During the Civil War he moved to Carbondale, about 10 miles east of his birthplace. He moved to Chicago in 1871. During his residence in Carbondale, he took part in a Memorial Day observation at that city's Woodlawn Cemetery. In 1868, Logan, as Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11 which established Memorial Day as a national holiday. On 18 March 1925, the great Tri-State Tornado ripped through Jackson County, leaving devastation in its path; the villages of Gorham and DeSoto and the city of Murphysboro were hit hard. The county courthouse is in downtown Murphysboro; the current reinforced concrete courthouse, completed in 1928, replaced earlier brick structures. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 602 square miles, of which 584 square miles is land and 18 square miles is water; the average elevation is around 400 feet, except near the Mississippi River. The first coal mine in Illinois was opened on the south bank of the Big Muddy River near the present-day Route 127 Bridge.
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Murphysboro have ranged from a low of 21 °F in January to a high of 88 °F in July, although a record low of −25 °F was recorded in January 1977 and a record high of 113 °F was recorded in August 1930. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.91 inches in January to 4.78 inches in May. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Shawnee National Forest Giant City State Park As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 60,218 people, 25,538 households, 12,621 families residing in the county; the population density was 103.1 inhabitants per square mile. There were 28,578 housing units at an average density of 48.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 77.8% white, 14.3% black or African American, 3.2% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.6% from other races, 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.0% were German, 14.5% were Irish, 10.6% were English, 5.7% were American.
Of the 25,538 households, 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 50.6% were non-families, 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 29.1 years. The median income for a household in the county was $32,169 and the median income for a family was $50,787. Males had a median income of $42,747 versus $31,244 for females; the per capita income for the county was $19,294. About 17.4% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.1% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over. Much of the county's economic situation is dependent upon Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the city of Carbondale. A developing city, it is part of the Metro Lakeland area consisting of the major communities of Carbondale, Marion and Carterville; the outer regions of the Metro include Murphysboro, the rest of Jackson County, the rest of Williamson County, Perry County, Saline County.
Jackson County is located near the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Once a small business, the wine trail has evolved into a booming tourist attraction. Harrison Brownsville Jackson County has had a distinctive political history owing to the combination of its typically
Orange County, California
Orange County is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in the U. S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,010,232, making it the third-most populous county in California, the sixth-most populous in the United States, more populous than 21 U. S. states. Its county seat is Santa Ana, it is the second most densely populated county behind San Francisco County. The county's four largest cities by population, Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, each have a population exceeding 200,000. Several of Orange County's cities are on the Pacific Ocean western coast, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente. Orange County is included in Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thirty-four incorporated towns and cities are in the county. Anaheim was the first city, incorporated in 1870 when the region was still part of neighboring Los Angeles County. Whereas most population centers in the United States tend to be identified by a major city with a large downtown central business district, Orange County has no single major downtown / CBD or dominant urban center.
Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Irvine all have smaller high-rise CBDs, other, older cities like Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Orange have traditional American downtowns without high-rises. The county's northern and central portions are urbanized and dense, despite the prevalence of the single-family home as a dominant land use, its southern portion is more suburban, with limited urbanization. There are several "edge city"-style developments, such as Irvine Business Center, Newport Center, South Coast Metro. Orange County is part of the "Tech Coast"; the county is a tourist center, with attractions like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, several popular beaches along its more than 40 miles of coastline. Throughout the 20th century and up until 2016, it was known for its political conservatism and for being a bastion for the Republican Party, with a 2005 academic study listing three Orange County cities as among America's 25 most conservative. However, the county's changing demographics have resulted in a shift in political alignments.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat since 1936 to carry Orange County in a presidential election and in the 2018 midterm elections the Democratic Party gained control of every Congressional seat in the county. Members of the Tongva, Juaneño, Luiseño Native American groups long inhabited the area. After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Junipero Serra named the area Valle de Santa Ana. On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the area's first permanent European settlement. Among those who came with Portolá were José Manuel Nieto and José Antonio Yorba. Both these men were given land grants—Rancho Los Nietos and Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, respectively; the Nieto heirs were granted land in 1834. The Nieto ranches were known as Rancho Los Alamitos, Rancho Las Bolsas, Rancho Los Coyotes. Yorba heirs Bernardo Yorba and Teodosio Yorba were granted Rancho Cañón de Santa Ana and Rancho Lomas de Santiago, respectively. Other ranchos in Orange County were granted by the Mexican government during the Mexican period in Alta California.
A severe drought in the 1860s devastated the prevailing industry, cattle ranching, much land came into the possession of Richard O'Neill, Sr. James Irvine and other land barons. In 1887, silver was discovered in the Santa Ana Mountains, attracting settlers via the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads. After several failed attempts in previous sessions, the California legislature passed a bill authorizing the portion of Los Angeles County south of Coyote Creek to hold a referendum on whether to remain part of Los Angeles County or to secede and form a new county to be named “Orange” as directed by the legislature; such referendum required a 2/3 vote for secession to take place, subsequently on June 4th, 1889, the residents south of Coyote Creek voted 2,509 to 500 in favor of secession. After such referendum, Los Angeles County filed three lawsuits in the courts to stall and stop the secession from occurring, but such attempts were futile. On July 17, 1889, a second referendum was held south of the Coyote Creek to determine if the county seat of the to-be county to be in either Anaheim or Santa Ana, along with an election for every county officer.
In the end, Santa Ana defeated Anaheim in such referendum and elected right leaning officers, with some, including one of the primary lobbyists for the creation of the county, Henry W. Head, elected to the Board of Supervisors while being a member of the Ku Klux Klan, with Head’s son, Horace Head, elected as District Attorney of the soon to be county, known to, as stated by the OC Weekly, threaten “...any Mexicans who walked in front of their homes with shotguns when not burning crosses on front lawns,” along with Horace Head supporting and defending his fathers affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan. With the referendum taken place, the County of Orange was incorporated on August 1st, 1889, as prescribed by state law. Since the date of the incorporation of the county, the only geographical changes to have occurred which affected Orange County was when the County and Los Angeles County agreed to trade land around Coyote Creek to adjust the border of the two counties to conform with city blocks.
The county is said to have been named for the
Macoupin County, Illinois
Macoupin County is a county located in the southwestern portion of the U. S. state of Illinois, is a part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 47,765; the county seat is Carlinville. Macoupin County is part of the Metro-East region of the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area; the primary industry is agriculture, consisting of crops of corn and some wheat. The region was inhabited by Illinoisan Indians when the first white settlers arrived. Indeed, macoupin is the Miami-Illinois term for Nelumbo lutea. None of the native Indians remain, although some descendants of the earliest European settlers claim partial ancestry; the first European contact was by French explorers in the seventeenth century, travelling southward down the major rivers. The main European settlement was from the southwest, as people moved inland from the established transportation route of the Mississippi River. Macoupin County was established on January 17, 1829, it was formed out of Greene and Madison Counties and was named after Macoupin Creek, which runs near Carlinville and meanders southwest to the Illinois River.
The economy was based on subsistence agriculture, communication was to the southwest. In the middle 19th century, Illinois changed rapidly; the greatest change was in the building of railroads, Macoupin County was on the rail and road transportation link between St. Louis and the still-young metropolis of Chicago; the county lies midway between the relocated state capital of Springfield. The economy was still based on agriculture, but there was now easier access to markets. Towns were small, sparsely distributed, any new communities were founded along the railroad lines that provided transportation. Culturally, the county remained closer to its historical ties with St. Louis than to more northerly areas within the state. Agriculture remained a mainstay of the economy, but this was joined by coal mining, an industry that changed the complexion of the county. With coal underlying the entire region, the most economical development was to place mines alongside the railroad tracks, located in or near already-existing towns.
By the twentieth century, there were mines in many towns, all of them with substantial populations of foreign-born miners from everywhere in Europe. During the twentieth century and coal mining remained the mainstays of the county's economy, the county's fortunes rose and fell with them. Farming was still family based. Macoupin County was at the center of major labor disputes between mine owners and miners, was a hotbed of union activity; the county had played a major role in violent 1890s disputes that brought unwanted national attention, was at center stage when the United Mine Workers rose to power, was again prominent during the internecine war between the UMW and the Progressive Miners of America of the 1930s. Agriculture remained as the county's prime economic activity, but farming became a large-scale corporate enterprise, with small family farms disappearing. Coal mining decreased, has disappeared entirely. Buildings and structures related to coal mining were torn down as they wasted away, so that there is now little to see of this once-major industry.
Towns were characterized either by a main street layout. In the former, a central city block may be a small park with a gazebo, with the small businesses of the town surrounding it. In the latter, a single street will have the small businesses of the town lining either side of it. Carlinville has a city square layout, with the main county building occupying the central city block; this building houses all the offices of the county. Churches of the various denominations will lie within two or three blocks of the town square, or sometimes will lie along a single street near the town's center. With modern roads accessible, some towns in the northern part of the county became virtual bedroom communities as people commuted to Springfield to work and shop, hastening the decline of small businesses in the towns; the same effect was felt in the southernmost part of the county, in 2005, the U. S. Census Bureau included the county in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area due to increased commuting patterns and employment in St. Louis and the Metro-East.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 868 square miles, of which 863 square miles is land and 4.7 square miles is water. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Carlinville have ranged from a low of 17 °F in January to a high of 87 °F in July, although a record low of −23 °F was recorded in February 1905 and a record high of 113 °F was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.95 inches in February to 4.25 inches in May. Sangamon County - northeast Montgomery County - east Madison County - south Greene County - west Jersey County - west Morgan County - northwest As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 47,765 people, 19,381 households, 13,224 families residing in the county; the population density was 55.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 21,584 housing units at an average density of 25.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, 0.9% from two or more races.
Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 35.8% were German, 16.2% were Irish, 13.9% were English, 9.5% were American, and
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American, he served as a U. S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008. Obama was born in Hawaii. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he became a civil rights attorney and an academic, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004, he represented the 13th district for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 until 2004 when he ran for the U. S. Senate, he received national attention in 2004 with his March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, he was nominated for president a year after his campaign began and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.
He was elected over Republican John McCain and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Nine months he was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Regarded as a centrist New Democrat, Obama signed many landmark bills into law during his first two years in office; the main reforms that were passed include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, Job Creation Act of 2010 served as economic stimulus amidst the Great Recession. After a lengthy debate over the national debt limit, he signed the Budget Control and the American Taxpayer Relief Acts. In foreign policy, he increased U. S. troop levels in Afghanistan, reduced nuclear weapons with the United States–Russia New START treaty, ended military involvement in the Iraq War. He ordered military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi.
He ordered the military operations that resulted in the deaths of Osama bin Laden and suspected Yemeni Al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki. After winning re-election by defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. During this term, he promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, his administration filed briefs that urged the Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional. He advocated for gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, indicating support for a ban on assault weapons, issued wide-ranging executive actions concerning climate change and immigration. In foreign policy, he ordered military intervention in Iraq in response to gains made by ISIL after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, continued the process of ending U. S. combat operations in Afghanistan in 2016, promoted discussions that led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change, initiated sanctions against Russia following the invasion in Ukraine and again after Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, normalized U.
S. relations with Cuba. During his term in office, America's reputation in global polling improved. Evaluations of his presidency among historians, political scientists, the general public place him among the upper tier of American presidents. Obama left office and retired in January 2017 and resides in Washington, D. C. A December 2018 Gallup poll found Obama to be the most admired man in America for an unprecedented 11th consecutive year, although Dwight D. Eisenhower was selected most admired in twelve non-consecutive years. Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii, he is the only president, born outside of the contiguous 48 states. He was born to a black father, his mother, Ann Dunham, was born in Kansas. His father, Barack Obama Sr. was a Luo Kenyan from Nyang'oma Kogelo. Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was a foreign student on a scholarship; the couple married in Hawaii, on February 2, 1961, six months before Obama was born.
In late August 1961, Barack and his mother moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where they lived for a year. During that time, the elder Obama completed his undergraduate degree in economics in Hawaii, graduating in June 1962, he left to attend graduate school on a scholarship at Harvard University, where he earned an M. A. in economics. Obama's parents divorced in March 1964. Obama Sr. returned to Kenya in 1964, where he married for a third time and worked for the Kenyan government as the Senior Economic Analyst in the Ministry of Finance. He visited his son in Hawaii only once, at Christmas time in 1971, before he was killed in an automobile accident in 1982, when Obama was 21 years old. Recalling his early childhood, Obama said, "That my father looked nothing like the people around me – that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk – registered in my mind." He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multira
Kane County, Illinois
Kane County is a county in the U. S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 515,269, making it the fifth-most populous county in Illinois, its county seat is Geneva, its largest city is Aurora. Kane County has been one of the collar counties of the metropolitan statistical area designated "Chicago–Naperville–Elgin, IL–IN–WI" by the US Census. Kane County was formed out of LaSalle County in 1836; the county was named in honor of Elias Kane, United States Senator from Illinois, the first Secretary of State of Illinois. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county's area was 524 square miles, of which 520 square miles is land and 4.1 square miles is water. Its largest cities are along the Fox River. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Geneva have ranged from a low of 10 °F in January to a high of 84 °F in July, although a record low of −26 °F was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 111 °F was recorded in July 1936; the average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.52 inches in February to 4.39 inches in July.
McHenry County Cook County DuPage County Will County Kendall County DeKalb County Fox River Trail Great Western Trail Illinois Prairie Path James "Pate" Philip State Park Kane County has an extensive forest preserve program, with numerous nature preserves, historic sites, trails. As of the 2010 census, there were 515,269 people, 170,479 households, 128,323 families residing in the county; the population density was 990.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 182,047 housing units at an average density of 350.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 74.6% white, 5.7% black or African American, 3.5% Asian, 0.6% American Indian, 13.0% from other races, 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 30.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 24.3% were German, 13.0% were Irish, 7.9% were Polish, 7.4% were Italian, 7.1% were English, 2.4% were American. Of the 170,479 households, 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.7% were non-families, 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals.
The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.45. The median age was 34.5 years. The median income for a household in the county was $67,767 and the median income for a family was $77,998. Males had a median income of $53,833 versus $39,206 for females; the per capita income for the county was $29,480. About 7.0% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over. Aurora University Elgin Community College Judson University Waubonsee Community College There are several hospitals serving the county: Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin Delnor Hospital, Geneva Presence Mercy Medical Center, Aurora Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora Metra Pace Aurora Municipal Airport Interstate 88 Interstate 90 U. S. Highway 20 U. S. Highway 30 U. S. Highway 34 Illinois Route 19 Illinois Route 25 Illinois Route 31 Illinois Route 38 Illinois Route 47 Illinois Route 56 Illinois Route 58 Illinois Route 62 Illinois Route 64 Illinois Route 68 Illinois Route 72 Illinois Route 110 Aurora Batavia Elgin Geneva St. Charles Yorkville Prestbury As one of the Yankee-settled and prosperous suburban “collar counties”, Kane County was a stronghold of the Free Soil Party in its first few elections, being one of nine Illinois counties to give a plurality to Martin van Buren in 1848.
Kane County unsurprisingly became solidly Republican for the century and a half following that party’s formation. It voted for the GOP Presidential nominee in every election between 1856 and 2004 except that of 1912 when the Republican Party was mortally divided and Progressive Theodore Roosevelt carried the county with a majority of the vote over conservative incumbent William Howard Taft; the gradual shift of the GOP towards white Southern Evangelicals, has led the moderate electorate of Kane and the other “collar counties” to trend towards the Democratic Party. In 2008, Illinois-bred Barack Obama became the first Democrat to carry Kane County since Franklin Pierce in 1852, the first to win an absolute majority of the county’s vote. Obama won a plurality in 2012, Hillary Clinton improved upon Obama’s showing to become the second Democrat to win a majority in 2016. Dundee Township Park District Fermilab Fox River Golden Corridor Illinois Technology and Research Corridor Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association National Register of Historic Places listings in Kane County, Illinois Tri-Cities, Illinois Patricia Golden Frank D.
Weir GeneralForstall, Richard L.. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990: From the Twenty-One Decennial Censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list Kane County official government website