Ransom is a village in LaSalle County, United States. The population was 409 at the 2000 census, it is part of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is part of the subregion known as Streatorland. Ransom was a planned community. In 1885, the village of Ransom was incorporated; the earliest businesses in Ransom included a hotel, doctor, pharmacist, grocery store, cash exchange and a blacksmith. On the edge of the newly developing business district a small wooden water tower was constructed. In 1892 a fire devastated the eastern side of the business district, stymieing the village's growth and causing some business owners to close up shop forever. After the fire, much back and forth, the village constructed a new public waterworks with a 68 feet water tower at its center in 1896; the village flourished after the fire reaching a population peak of around 600 following World War II. On September 7, 1903 the first phone service reached Ransom, AT&T opened a telegraph office in 1905. Between 1905–1910 the village constructed a sidewalk system.
The first electric street lamps appeared on May 7, 1910 with the acquisition of a dozen electric street lamps from Illinois Valley Gas and Electric. Electricity made its way into the homes of Ransom following the introduction of the street lamps; the village was named for American Civil War General Thomas E. G. Ransom, born in Vermont but lived as a young man in Illinois. Ransom is located at 41°9′21″N 88°39′11″W. According to the 2010 census, Ransom has a total area of all land; as of the census of 2000, there were 409 people, 147 households, 109 families residing in the village. The population density was 412.6 people per square mile. There were 159 housing units at an average density of 160.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98.04% White, 0.24% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% from other races, 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.18% of the population. There were 147 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.2% were non-families.
23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.29. In the village, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males. The median income for a household in the village was $53,333, the median income for a family was $55,682. Males had a median income of $46,458 versus $21,250 for females; the per capita income for the village was $17,524. About 2.3% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over. Village of Ransom
Wenona is a city in Marshall and LaSalle counties in the U. S. state of Illinois. The population was 1,056 at the 2010 census, down from 1,065 in 2000; the Marshall County portion of Wenona is part of the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion that lies in LaSalle County is part of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city derives its name from Hiawatha's mother in Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha. Wenona is located at 41°3′11″N 89°3′12″W. Most of the city lies in Marshall County, although a small portion extends into southern LaSalle County. In the 2000 census, all of Wenona's 1,065 residents lived in Marshall County. According to the 2010 census, Wenona has a total area of all land. According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 0.74 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,065 people, 453 households, 278 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,583.9 people per square mile. There were 504 housing units at an average density of 749.6 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 97.65% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 1.31% from two or more races. 1.50 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 453 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.6% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.10. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $36,711, the median income for a family was $45,714.
Males had a median income of $32,237 versus $20,647 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,951. About 4.2% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over
Grand Ridge, Illinois
Grand Ridge is a village in LaSalle County, United States. The population was 560 at the 2010 census, up from 546 in 2000, it is part of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is a part of the geographic region known as Streatorland. In 1860, Judge John T. and Phebe J. Porter moved to Illinois with their son Ebenezer F. and located near Grand Ridge, LaSalle County, where they lived on a farm until 1872. J. T. was at first a farmer, afterward a lumberman and grain dealer. In 1872, he moved into the town of Grand Ridge, built and operated two grain elevators until 1876. In 1882, he engaged in the lumber business, he founded the town of Grand Ridge, naming it in honor of his old Illinois home. In 1868, Mr. Nelson Jones and Methodist, bought two houses, two lots and a shop valued at $800 and followed the same occupation for forty years. In 1870, the Fox River Division of the Chicago and Quincy Railroad was completed and put in operation; the first business house was built by E. Core the same year.
Two contradicting accounts of the Presbyterian establishment: Account 1: In the Spring of 1870, Robert Morgan, son of Caleb and Nancy Antram, Sarah Woodward moved to Grand Ridge, LaSalle County, Illinois with 4-year-old son Caleb Ewing Antram after their daughter Laura died in March 1868 at just 6 years old. William, Mary E. Joseph W. Lewis W. and Ethel May were all born to the couple while living on the Antram homestead from 1869 to 1912. In 1871, Cumberland Presbyterian was organized in Grand Ridge, where Robert M. Antram was an elder since. From 1886 to 1891, it was known as Hudson Church. Membership numbered 145 in 1890 and church structure was erected that year. In 1891, the name changed to Grand Ridge by action of Mackinaw Presbytery. R. M. Antram was Clerk of the Session and Post Office until 1907, when the organization became defunct and did not participate in reunion with Presbyterian Church USA. Account 2: The Presbyterian church in Grand Ridge was organized June 17, 1865, in the Van Doren school house, by a committee from the Peoria Presbytery, consisting of the Rev. Robert Johnson and Rev. John Marquis.
The original members were Wm. McMillan, Jane B. McMillan, Araminta Poundstone, Joseph Boyd, Elvira Boyd, J. T. Van Doren, Sarah C. Van Doren, James H. Boyd and Isabella Boyd. Other founding Families were Sutton and Long; the house of worship was erected in 1864, at an expense of $1,800, soon after, a parsonage, costing $800. The first pastor was Rev. John Moore. IN 1874, the owners of the land on either side of the road, David Crumrine and Joseph Boyd laid off a part of their respective lands adjoining the track, in town lots, after which building was commended on a more extended scale and now it is a handsome farm village, is a point from which large amount of grain and product finds its way to market. In the latter part of 1876, Porter sold his elevator to F. McIlvaine. E. Cole conducts another elevator, it is estimated that in 1877 at least 1,200 car loads of grain we shipped annually. In 1871, F. H. Poundstone erected the second business house. In June, 1873, Garrison & Hornick opened a first class dry goods and grocery house, meeting with lucrative return.
In 1877, it was estimated that aggregate business of Grand Ridge Village would amount to $75,000 annually. In 1877, there were 9 business houses, two physicians and a proportionate number of mechanics in Grand Ridge. In 1875, The Victor Lodge, No. 578, Independent Order of Odd Fellows was instituted on June 11 and met every Saturday evening through at least 1877. Officers were E. A. Dearth, N. G.. In 1903, the First National Bank of Grand Ridge was organized by Thomas Dean Catlin s:Men of 1914/C, banker and capitalist residing in Ottawa, Illinois (born in Clinton, New York, on March 12, 1838, son of Marcus and Philena Hunt Catlin. Grand Ridge is located at 41°14′4″N 88°49′57″W. According to the 2010 census, Grand Ridge has a total area of all land; as of the census of 2000, there were 546 people, 201 households, 151 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,152.5 people per square mile. There were 212 housing units at an average density of 447.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population. There were 201 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.4% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.21. In the village, the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males. The median income for a household in the village was $45,000, the median income for a family was $52,000. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $30,167 for females; the per capita income for the village was $18,287. About 2.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
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Interstate 39 is a highway in the Midwestern United States. I-39 runs from Normal, Illinois at I-55 to Wisconsin Highway 29 in Rib Mountain, Wisconsin six miles southwest of Wausau. I-39 was designed to replace U. S. Route 51. I-39 was built in the 1990s. In Illinois, the route has a total length of 140.82 miles. In Wisconsin, I-39 has a distance of 182 miles. With the exception of an eight-mile segment around Portage, the Interstate shares a route with at least one other route number in I-39's entirety. From Rockford to Portage, I-39 is concurrent with I-90. I-94 joins the pair in Madison until Portage. At 29 miles in length, this concurrency of three Interstates is the longest in the country. From Portage northward, US 51 is co-signed with the Interstate and has exit numbers based on its mileage. In Illinois, I-39 begins at Interstate 55, north of the Bloomington-Normal, area alongside of Route 251, it runs north through rural areas from the city of Normal. About 55 miles north of the city, I-39 crosses the Illinois River over the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge, 2,170.8 metres long.
Just north of the Illinois River, I-39 runs east of the cities of LaSalle and Peru before intersecting Interstate 80. North of I-80, the wind turbines of the Mendota Hills Wind Farm can be seen from milepost 72 at Mendota north to near Paw Paw. I-39 intersects with I-88 near Rochelle. Further north, I-39 crosses the Kishwaukee River before meeting US 20 on the south side of Rockford. I-39 runs east concurrently with US 20 to where the interstate joins the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and Interstate 90 near Cherry Valley. I-39 and I-90 head north together to South Beloit. There is a toll plaza just south of Rockton Road. US 51 leaves I-39 / 90 at Illinois 75 in South Beloit. For all but 1 mile that Interstate 39 is in Illinois, it is designated concurrently with U. S. Route 51; the southern terminus of I-39 is less than 1 mile from Interstate 74. I-39 enters from Illinois along with I-90, passing under Stateline Road, bypasses Beloit to the east. East of the town, the route has a cloverleaf interchange that serves as the terminus for both WIS 81—which heads westward into Beloit—and I-43, which provides access to Milwaukee.
I-39/I-90 has 3 interchanges that serves Beloit. The I-39/90 concurrency continues to the north and is joined by WIS 11 about 7 mi north of the I-43 interchange; the route bypasses Janesville to the east, although interchanges with US 14 and WIS 26 provide access to the town. There are 4 exits; the route continues to the north, crossing the Rock River before having an interchange with WIS 59 that provides access to Edgerton to the west. Subsequently, the route enters Dane County, it is joined by US 51 from Edgerton and serves as the southern terminus of WIS 73. US 51 leaves the route 4 mi to the north, about 7 mi east of Stoughton; the Interstate turns westward around Utica to an interchange with CTH N. It turns back to the north and interchanges with US 12 and US 18 in Madison. I-39 and I-90 bypass Madison to the east, I-94 joins the concurrency at the eastern terminus of WIS 30, an interchange known as the Badger Interchange. About 2 mi to the north, the highway crosses US 151, which includes a south-side access to High Crossing Boulevard.
The last two Madison area interchanges are US 51 three miles northwest of the US 151 interchange and WIS 19 another mile northwest of the US 51 interchange. Access is provided to CTH V just west of DeForest four miles further north. I-39/I-90/I-94 enter Columbia County four miles north-northwest of CTH V; the Interstates cross WIS 60 at an interchange three miles north of the county line west of Arlington and CTH CS at another interchange four miles further north near Poynette. The highway crosses the Wisconsin River four miles north of CTH CS. At three miles further along the route from the river, I-39 leaves the concurrency with I-90 and I-94 and turns northward while the other two interstates turn northwest. WIS 78 terminates at this interchange and heads southwest; this is the starting point of the segment of freeway. The interstate crosses WIS 33, the first of 3 interchanges accessing Portage, two miles north of I-90/I-94. After crossing the Wisconsin River again, I-39 crosses the second interchange—this one with WIS 16 and turns northeast to an interchange with US 51.
The US route joins the Interstate and both turn north once again and leave the Portage area and, after four miles, enter Marquette County. WIS 23 joins I-39/US 51 northbound, 4 miles from the county line; the three highways pass along Buffalo Lake and encounter a south-side half interchange with CTH D in the town of Packwaukee. WIS 23 leave the concurrency to the east heading toward Montello at WIS 82 near Oxford, and the freeway takes a due north route to pass Westfield. I-39/US 51 enters Waushara County six miles north of Westfield. Four miles north of the county line, I-39 / US 51 junction with WIS 21 in Coloma. I-39/US 51 meet an interchange in Hancock with CTH V five miles further north and WIS 73 crosses in Plainfield after another five miles; this is two miles south of the Portage County line. In Portage County, I-39/US 51 takes a straight due north trajectory which provides access to CTH D, CTH W and WIS 54 over twelve miles
Interstate 55 is a major Interstate Highway in the central United States. As with most interstates that end in a five, it is a major cross-country, north-south route, connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes; the highway travels from LaPlace, Louisiana, at I-10 to Chicago at U. S. Route 41, at McCormick Place; the major cities that I-55 connects to includes Mississippi. The section of I-55 between Chicago and St. Louis was built as an alternate route for US 66, it crosses the Mississippi River twice: once at Memphis, again at St. Louis; when it was realized that a national highway system was needed, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 provided for a highway replacing the old Route 66 which I-55 filled. I-55 was constructed in the 1970s, to extend a section of Route 66 between I-294 and Gardner, converted into a freeway and had Interstate signage installed in 1960. During the rest of the 1960s, I-55 was built in portions throughout Illinois connecting St. Louis to Chicago where it became the fourth direct route between them.
As it goes southwards, most of the Interstate was purpose-built during the 70s. The entire length was completed in 1979. In Louisiana, I-55 runs nearly 66 miles from south to north, from I-10 near Laplace to the Mississippi state line near Kentwood, Louisiana. 1⁄3 of the distance consists of the Manchac Swamp Bridge, a nearly 23-mile causeway cited as the third-longest viaduct in the world. In Mississippi, I-55 runs 290.5 miles from the Louisiana border near Osyka, Mississippi to Southaven on the Tennessee border, just south of Memphis. Noteworthy cities and towns that I-55 passes through or close by to are McComb and Grenada; this highway parallels US 51 in its path through the center of Mississippi. The eight miles from Hernando to the Tennessee state line coincide with the newer I-69; the Mississippi section of I-55 is defined in the Mississippi Code § 65-3-3. I-55 in Tennessee lies within the city of Memphis, passing through the southern and western parts of the city and providing a bypass of downtown for motorists who do not want to take I-240 and I-40 through downtown to cross the Mississippi River.
The western portion of this highway, which passes through an industrialized section of the city, contains numerous low-clearance bridges, a tight 270-degree cloverleaf turn northbound at Crump Boulevard. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has an interchange improvement project for this portion. Heavy truck traffic heading to and from Arkansas in this area is hence directed to detour via I-240 and I-40. For the Tennessee stretch of the Interstate, the usual national freeway speed limit of 70 mph is reduced to 65 mph. I-255 was the former numbering of I-240 between I-55 and I-40 through Tennessee. I-55 enters Arkansas from Tennessee as it crosses the Mississippi River on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, it overlaps I-40 for 2.8 miles in West Memphis. After separating from I-40, I-55 turns northward and runs with US 61, US 63, US 64 until US 64 exits in through Marion. I-55/US 61/US 63 continue north through Crittenden County through rural farms of the Arkansas delta, including an interchange with I-555/US 63 in Turrell.
I-55 passes through Blytheville. I-55 parallels U. S. 61 in its path through Arkansas, which it continues to do after crossing into Missouri. In Missouri, I-55 runs from the southeastern part of the state, at the Arkansas border, to St. Louis. In this city, I-44 merges in with I-55, I-64, when crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois. Among the cities and towns served by I-55 in Missouri are Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis; as noted above, I-55 parallels US 61 for most of its course through Missouri, from the Arkansas border to the southern portion of St. Louis County. Through Illinois, I-55 follows the 1940 alignment of the former US 66, now Historic US 66, it runs from the Poplar Street Bridge in East St. Louis to US 41 in Chicago, passing around the state capital of Springfield and the metro area of Bloomington-Normal. Within Illinois, I-55 goes by several names. Near the I-270/I-70 split, it is referred to as the Paul Simon Freeway after former U. S. Senator Paul Simon, who began his political career in this region.
Further north, between the St. Louis area and Springfield, I-55 is named the Vince Demuzio Expressway for former Illinois State Senator Vince Demuzio. In the Chicago area between the I-80 interchange near Joliet and I-55's eastern terminus at US 41 in Chicago, the expressway is referred to as the Adlai E. Stevenson Expressway in honor of former Illinois governor Adlai E. Stevenson II, a two-time Democratic nominee for President of the United States and the U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In July 2018 the stretch of I-55 from I-294 to mile marker 202 near Pontiac was renamed as Barack Obama Presidential Expressway; when the stretch of I-55 through Illinois was being planned during the 1960s, the state's governor, Otto Kerner, Jr. made an effort to have it routed close to the larger city of Peoria instead of the straighter route through the Bloomington-Normal area. This failed plan was ridiculed in the press as the so-called "Kerner Curve."
The need for a freeway connection between Springfield and Peoria was filled by the spur route I-155. This connects with nearby Lincoln and Morton and for
The Illinois River is a principal tributary of the Mississippi River 273 miles long, in the U. S. state of Illinois. The river drains a large section of central Illinois, with a drainage basin of 28,756.6 square miles. The drainage basin extends into Wisconsin, a small area of southwestern Michigan; this river was important among Native Americans and early French traders as the principal water route connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi. The French colonial settlements along the rivers formed the heart of the area known as the Illinois Country. After the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the Hennepin Canal in the 19th century, the role of the river as link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi was extended into the era of modern industrial shipping, it now forms the basis for the Illinois Waterway. The Illinois River is formed by the confluence of the Kankakee River and the Des Plaines River in eastern Grundy County 10 miles southwest of Joliet; this river flows west across northern Illinois, passing Morris and Ottawa, where it is joined by the Mazon River and Fox River.
At LaSalle, the Illinois River is joined by the Vermilion River, it flows west past Peru, Spring Valley. In southeastern Bureau County it turns south at an area known as the "Great Bend", flowing southwest across western Illinois, past Lacon and downtown Peoria, the chief city on the river. South of Peoria, the Illinois River goes by East Peoria and Creve Coeur, Pekin, Illinois, in Tazewell County, Illinois, it is joined by the Mackinaw River and passes through the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge. Across from Havana, the Illinois is joined by the Spoon River coming from Fulton County and across from Browning, it is joined by the Sangamon River, which passes through the state capital, Illinois; the La Moine River flows into it five miles southwest of Beardstown, south of Peoria and Pekin and north of Lincoln and Springfield. Near the confluence of the Illinois with the La Moine River, it turns south, flowing parallel to the Mississippi across southwestern Illinois. Macoupin Creek joins the Illinois on the border between Greene and Jersey counties 15 miles upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi.
For the last 20 miles of its course, the Illinois is separated from the Mississippi River by only about five miles, by a peninsula of land that makes up Calhoun County. The Illinois joins the Mississippi near Grafton 25 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis and about 20 miles upstream from the confluence of the Missouri River and the Mississippi. South of Hennepin, the Illinois River is following the ancient channel of the Mississippi River; the Illinoian Stage, about 300,000 to 132,000 years ago, blocked the Mississippi near Rock Island, diverting it into its present channel. After the glacier melted, the Illinois River flowed into the ancient channel; the Hennepin Canal follows the ancient channel of the Mississippi upstream of Rock Island. The modern channel of the Illinois River was shaped in a matter of days by the Kankakee Torrent. During the melting of the Wisconsin Glacier about 10,000 years ago, a lake formed in present-day Indiana, comparable to one of the modern Great Lakes; the lake formed behind the terminal moraine of a substage of that glacier.
Melting ice to the north raised the level of the lake so that it overflowed the moraine. The dam burst, the entire volume of the lake was released in a short time a few days; because of the manner of its formation, the Illinois River runs through a deep canyon with many rock formations. It has an "underutilized channel", one far larger than would be needed to contain any conceivable flow in modern times. Flooding along the Illinois River The Illinois River valley was one of the strongholds of the Illinois Confederation of Native Americans; the French first met the natives here in 1673. The first European settlement in the state of Illinois was the Jesuit mission founded in 1675 by Father Jacques Marquette on the banks of the Illinois across from Starved Rock at the Grand Village of the Illinois. Marquette wrote of the river, “We have seen nothing like this river that we enter, as regards its fertility of soil, its prairies and woods. There are many small rivers; that on which we sailed is wide and still, for 65 leagues."In 1680, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle built the first fort in Illinois, Ft. St. Louis, at Starved Rock.
It was relocated to the present site of Creve Coeur, near Peoria, where the Jesuits relocated. The Peoria Riverfront Museum contains a gallery, "Illinois River Encounter," that attempts to interpret the museum through an aquarium tank and displays of the river's geology, social history and commercial use. From 1905 to 1915, more freshwater fish were harvested from the Illinois River than from any other river in the United States except for the Columbia River; the Illinois River was once a major source of mussels for the shell button industry. Overfishing, habitat loss from heavy siltation, water pollution have eliminated most commercial fishing except for a small mussel harvest to provide shells to seed pearl oysters overseas, it is commercially fished downstream of the Rt. 89 bridge at Spring Valley. However, an infestation of invasive Asian Carp has crowded out many game fish in the river; the Illinois River is still an important sports fishing waterway with a good sauger fishery. The Illinois forms part of a modern waterway that connects the Great
Livingston County, Illinois
Livingston County is a county located in the U. S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 38,950, its county seat is Pontiac. Livingston County comprises the Pontiac, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area, combined with the Bloomington–Normal metropolitan statistical area as the Bloomington-Pontiac, IL Combined Statistical Area. Livingston was established on February 27, 1837, it was formed from parts of McLean, LaSalle, Iroquois counties, named after Edward Livingston, a prominent politician, mayor of New York City and represented New York in the United States House of Representatives and Louisiana in both houses of Congress. He served as Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State and as Minister to France. Although he had no connections to Illinois, the General Assembly found him accomplished enough to name a county after him. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,046 square miles, of which 1,044 square miles is land and 1.6 square miles is water.
It is the fourth-largest county in Illinois by land area. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Pontiac have ranged from a low of 14 °F in January to a high of 85 °F in July, although a record low of −24 °F was recorded in January 1927 and a record high of 108 °F was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.44 inches in February to 4.11 inches in June. Interstate 55 U. S. Highway 24 Illinois Route 17 Illinois Route 23 Illinois Route 47 Illinois Route 116 Grundy County - north Kankakee County - northeast Ford County - southeast McLean County - southwest Woodford County - west LaSalle County - northwest As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 38,950 people, 14,613 households, 9,741 families residing in the county; the population density was 37.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 15,895 housing units at an average density of 15.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 91.8% white, 4.9% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, 1.3% from two or more races.
Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 36.6% were German, 17.2% were Irish, 11.2% were American, 10.7% were English, 5.1% were Italian. Of the 14,613 households, 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.3% were non-families, 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.8 years. The median income for a household in the county was $50,500 and the median income for a family was $60,933. Males had a median income of $44,639 versus $32,234 for females; the per capita income for the county was $23,259. About 9.1% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over. Fairbury Pontiac Streator Chatsworth Livingston County is divided into thirty townships: The Illinois Department of Corrections operates two prisons in the county.
Pontiac Correctional Center is located in Pontiac. Pontiac houses the male death row. Prior to the January 11, 2003 commutation of death row sentences, male death row inmates were housed in Pontiac and Tamms correctional centers. Dwight Correctional Center is within Nevada Township in an unincorporated area in the county; the Dwight Correctional Center is unoccupied and was closed in 2013. Although it was solidly Democratic before 1856, Livingston has since always been a powerfully Republican county; the solitary Democrat to win a majority of the county’s vote since the Civil War has been Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1932 landslide triumph over Herbert Hoover. Apart from that and the 1912 election when Woodrow Wilson won against a mortally divided Republican Party, Livingston has always voted Republican since that party was founded in 1856. Since 1940, only Lyndon Johnson in his 1964 landslide victory over the conservative Barry Goldwater has won more than forty percent of the county’s vote. Donald Attig and adventurer.
Calistus Bruer, Illinois state representative and farmer Moira Harris and wife of Gary Sinise. William Harris, first President of the Illinois Senate. Irene Hunt, Newbery Medal-winning author. Francis Townsend and political activist whose advocacy for an old age revolving pension influenced the creation of the U. S. Social Security program. Skottie Young, comic book artist known for the Oz series, he was raised in Fairbury. National Register of Historic Places listings in Livingston County, Illinois The History of Livingston County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County — Its Cities, Etc..