Bolingbrook, Illinois

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Bolingbrook
Village
Motto: "A place to grow"
Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861
Country United States
StateIllinois
CountiesWill, DuPage
TownshipDuPage, Wheatland, Lisle, Plainfield
Incorporated1965
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorRoger Claar (R)
Area
 • Total24.26 sq mi (62.8 km2)
 • Land24.05 sq mi (62.3 km2)
 • Water0.21 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.87%
Population (2012)
 • Total74,039
 • Density3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Standard of living
 • Per capita income$23,468 (median: $67,852)
 • Home value$153,410 (2000) (median: $141,400)
ZIP code(s)60439, 60440, and 60490
Area code(s)630/331 and 815/779
Geocode17-07133
Websitebolingbrook.com
 
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Bolingbrook
Village
Motto: "A place to grow"
Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861Coordinates: 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861
Country United States
StateIllinois
CountiesWill, DuPage
TownshipDuPage, Wheatland, Lisle, Plainfield
Incorporated1965
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorRoger Claar (R)
Area
 • Total24.26 sq mi (62.8 km2)
 • Land24.05 sq mi (62.3 km2)
 • Water0.21 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.87%
Population (2012)
 • Total74,039
 • Density3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Standard of living
 • Per capita income$23,468 (median: $67,852)
 • Home value$153,410 (2000) (median: $141,400)
ZIP code(s)60439, 60440, and 60490
Area code(s)630/331 and 815/779
Geocode17-07133
Websitebolingbrook.com
Demographics (2000)[1]
WhiteBlackHispanicAsian
54.27%20.44%24.40%11.38%
IslanderNativeOther
0.03%0.3%10.5%

Bolingbrook is a large village in Will and DuPage Counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 US Census, the population is 73,366. It is the 17th largest incorporated place in Illinois.

Geography[edit]

Bolingbrook is located at 41°41′55″N 88°5′19″W / 41.69861°N 88.08861°W / 41.69861; -88.08861 (41.698613, -88.088668),[2] approximately 28 miles southwest of Downtown Chicago.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 24.26 square miles (62.8 km2), of which 24.05 square miles (62.3 km2) (or 99.13%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.87%) is water.[3]

Bolingbrook borders the communities of Woodridge, Romeoville, Plainfield, and Naperville.

Interstate 55 Stevenson Expy. runs through the southern part of the village heading northeast to Chicago and southwest to Plainfield and Joliet. Interstate 355 Veterans Memorial Tollway (formerly N-S Tollway) runs along the far east side of the village between New Lenox and Addison. Illinois 53, locally known as Bolingbrook Drive, runs north–south through the middle of the village.

Other main streets in Bolingbrook include Boughton Rd., Lily Cache Ln., Weber Rd., Veterans Pkwy. (formerly Naperville Rd.), Briarcliff Rd., Hassert Blvd. (formerly 111th St.), Rodeo Dr. (formerly 119th St.), Schmidt Rd., Crossroads Pkwy., and Remington Blvd.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 73,366 people, 22,141 households residing in the village. There were 23,141 housing units.

The racial makeup of the village in 2010 was 54.3% White (mostly Irish, German and Polish), 20.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 11.4% Asian (3.9% Filipino, 3.8% Indian, 1.1% Pakistani, 1.1% Chinese, 0.4% Korean, 0.3% Vietnamese, 0.1% Japanese, 0.1% Cambodian, 0.1% Thai), ~0% Pacific Islander, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.5% of the population (20.8% Mexican, 1.7% Puerto Rican, 1.8% Other).

In the village the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18 and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $81,108.[5]

Growth[edit]

A typical neighborhood street in Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook is a relatively new suburb of Chicago, having been incorporated in 1965. The first non-indigenous settlement in what is now Bolingbrook was established in 1831, but the informal farming villages remained unincorporated for over 130 years. The tiny Boardman Cemetery, in what is now the Heritage Creek subdivision, contains the remains of some of these early residents.

Modern Bolingbrook has its roots in the housing boom of the 1950s. The first subdivision in Bolingbrook, known as Westbury, was located immediately west of Route 53. A second subdivision, known as Colonial Village, followed, located on the far east side of Route 53.[6] The village continued to grow steadily for the remainder of the 1960s, reaching a population of 7,000 by 1970. The 1970s were the first period of rapid growth in Bolingbrook, during which its population quintupled to reach over 37,000 by 1980. Much of this growth was as much due to mass annexation as well as raw population growth; the population of Bolingbrook by the 1970 census but with its 1980 land boundary was approximately 25,000, further reflecting the vigorous annexation that took place during the 1970s. However, Bolingbrook made Illinois' list of 100 Top places to live.

During the 1980s, growth in Bolingbrook and Will County slowed considerably as the focus of Chicago area growth in that decade largely shifted to the northern tier of suburbs in Lake and McHenry counties. By 1990, Bolingbrook's population had only increased by about 10% from the previous decade, to about 41,000. The main benefit of this slower growth is that it allowed the village's infrastructure (especially its school district) to catch up with its population.

The 1990s ushered in a second wave of strong growth to Bolingbrook, as Will and nearby Kendall counties once again became Chicago's fastest growing region. This second growth wave continued until 2007, when the population peaked at over 75,000. Due to a huge increase in mortgage foreclosures, the population has dropped by more than 5,000.[verification needed]

Law and government[edit]

John J. "Jack" Leonard was instrumental in the initial incorporation of the village and served as the village's first mayor. Prior to hiring a full-time police chief he served "double-duty" as both Village President and part-time Police Chief.[citation needed] At this time, the police "station" was headquartered in a spare bedroom in Leonard's home. The police car was kept in his garage when it was not patrolling. Later the station moved to an old farmhouse on Briarcliff Road next to Saint Dominic Church.[citation needed] Leonard's wife, Delphine M. Leonard (Hench) served as the village's first police radio operator.[citation needed]

Eventually, the first police chief, Fred Greening was hired. He was recruited from the detective division of the Detroit Police Department.

In 1971, Bolingbrook purchased station 2 from the Lemont Fire Protection District, which had been serving much of the village, thus establishing its own fire department. Since then, that station has been expanded and four others have been built.[7]

The current mayor of Bolingbrook is Republican Roger C. Claar, who has served in that role since 1986.[8] Claar has recently come under scrutiny for his lavish lifestyle funded by his campaign fund.[9][10]

Schools[edit]

Most of Bolingbrook lies within the boundaries of Valley View School District 365U and Fountaindale Public Library District, both of which also include nearby Romeoville, Illinois. Other school districts that serve Bolingbrook include Plainfield School District 202, Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville School District 203, Woodridge School District 68, and Downers Grove High School District 99.[citation needed]

Early history[edit]

School District 365U was originally known as District 94. It took its present name when it became the first school district in the United States to implement the 45-15 plan, in which schools were occupied year round with 3/4 of the students in session at any one time. Students went to school for 9 weeks and then had 3 weeks off. Additionally, teachers were optionally allowed to work year-round.

The first school built in Bolingbrook was North View School located at 151 E. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook, IL (now closed).[11]

High schools[edit]

Bolingbrook High School (365U), Plainfield North and Plainfield East (202), Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville (204), Naperville Central (203), and Downers Grove South (99). Romeoville High School also serves as an alternative for some students residing in Valley View 365U. In addition, selected Bolingbrook teens attend the Illinois Math and Science Academy Aurora.

Middle schools[edit]

In Valley View 365U

In Indian Prairie 204 (Naperville)

In Naperville CUSD 203

In Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

In Woodridge Elementary School District 68

Elementary schools[edit]

In Valley View 365U

In Indian Prairie 204

In Naperville 203

In Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

In Woodridge Elementary School District 68

Alternative schools[edit]

In Valley View 365U

Catholic schools[edit]

Parochial grade school students may go on to Catholic high schools in proximity to Bolingbrook such as Benet Academy in Lisle, Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, and Mount Assisi Academy (Girls) in Lemont.

Recreation[edit]

Bolingbrook Park District[edit]

The Bolingbrook Park District was created in 1970, after being approved by referendum. In 1974, the Park District built its first new building, the Deatherage-Drdak Center, constructed only with volunteer labor. In the following three decades the Bolingbrook Park District has grown to include numerous woodlands and parks, several community centers, the Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Complex (recognized for its excellence by Chicago Magazine in April 2004), and the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex (BRAC). Most recently, the Bolingbrook Park District was one of the four finalists for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park Management, Facilities, and Programs.

In 1982, the Park District opened the first indoor wave pool in the United States. It was closed shortly after the BRAC and Pelican Harbor opened in 1996, and has since been converted to an ice skating arena.[12]

Golf[edit]

Bolingbrook is home to the Boughton Ridge Golf Course, a 9-hole course owned by the Bolingbrook Park District. In addition, the Bolingbrook Golf Club, a municipal facility which includes an 18-hole course, is located in the village. Other Golf Courses within proximity of Bolingbrook include Naperbrook GC, Tamarack GC, Wedgewood GC, and Links at Carillon (all in Plainfield), White Eagle GC and Springbrook GC in Naperville, Village Greens of Woodridge and Seven Bridges GC in Woodridge, River Bend GC in Lisle, Carriage Greens GC and RCC in Darien, Cog Hill GC in Lemont, and Mistwood GC in Romeoville.[citation needed]

Aviation[edit]

Clow International Airport is a small airport off of Boughton-Weber with an estimated 3,362-foot (1,025 m) runway. Clow is a public (non-commercial) airport, owned by the Village and operated under a contract with a management company. In 1989, the airport was named the "best privately owned, public use airport in Illinois." Currently, there are 70,000 take-offs and landings at the airport annually.

A WGN-TV helicopter is stationed at Clow Airport. The airport previously served as a base station for Air Angels Aeromedical Transport prior to the company closing its doors in early 2009. It also provides flight training and airplane charters through A & M Aviation, aircraft maintenance through A & M Maintenance, and has an EAA chapter that provides free Young Eagles flights for children.

The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook was formed in 2004. The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers and is located in a remodeled hangar at Clow International Airport, currently donated by the Village of Bolingbrook.

Notable people[edit]

References in popular culture[edit]

In Money Magazine's August 2010 Edition of "America's Top 100 Places to Live," Bolingbrook has been placed as #43.[14] In its 2008 edition, it was placed at #32.[15]

Bolingbrook, specifically the Chicago Bow Hunters club, is mentioned in the 2005 movie The Weather Man.

Sister cities[edit]

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