Libertyville, Illinois

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Libertyville, Illinois
Village
Flag of Libertyville, Illinois
Flag
Motto: Fortitudine Vincimus
"By endurance we conquer"
CountryUnited States United States
StateIllinois Illinois
CountyLake
TownshipLibertyville
Government
 • MayorTerry Weppler
Area
 • Total9.15 sq mi (23.7 km2)
 • Land8.81 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 • Water0.34 sq mi (0.9 km2)  3.72%
Population (2010)
 • Total20,315
 • Density2,200/sq mi (860/km2)
Time zoneCentral
Zip Code60048
Area code(s)847/224
Websitewww.libertyville.com
 
Jump to: navigation, search
For other places named Libertyville, see Libertyville (disambiguation).
Libertyville, Illinois
Village
Flag of Libertyville, Illinois
Flag
Motto: Fortitudine Vincimus
"By endurance we conquer"
CountryUnited States United States
StateIllinois Illinois
CountyLake
TownshipLibertyville
Government
 • MayorTerry Weppler
Area
 • Total9.15 sq mi (23.7 km2)
 • Land8.81 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 • Water0.34 sq mi (0.9 km2)  3.72%
Population (2010)
 • Total20,315
 • Density2,200/sq mi (860/km2)
Time zoneCentral
Zip Code60048
Area code(s)847/224
Websitewww.libertyville.com

Libertyville is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States and an affluent northern suburb of Chicago. It is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Lake Michigan on the Des Plaines River. The 2010 census population was 20,315.[1] (There is also a township of the same name, which includes the village and some surrounding areas.) Located in northeastern Illinois, southwest of Waukegan and west of Lake Forest, its immediate neighbors are Mundelein to the west, Green Oaks, Mettawa, and Rondout to the east, Gurnee to the north, Grayslake to the northwest, and Vernon Hills to the south.

Geography[edit]

Libertyville is located at 42°17′03″N 87°57′38″W / 42.284222°N 87.960673°W / 42.284222; -87.960673Coordinates: 42°17′03″N 87°57′38″W / 42.284222°N 87.960673°W / 42.284222; -87.960673.[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 9.15 square miles (23.7 km2), of which 8.81 square miles (22.8 km2) (or 96.28%) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) (or 3.72%) is water.[3]

The Des Plaines River forms much of the eastern boundary of the village. Other bodies of water include Butler Lake and Minear Lake.

Libertyville's main street is Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21). The main automobile route to Chicago is via Interstate 94 (the Tri-State Tollway and the Edens Expressway); Chicago's Loop is approximately 45 minutes away. The main Metra rail station sits at the northern edge of downtown off Milwaukee Avenue, and serves the Milwaukee District/North Line running from Union Station in Chicago to Fox Lake. The same line is served by another Metra station at Prairie Crossing, near the boundary of Libertyville and Grayslake. The Prairie Crossing station also serves Metra's North Central Line, with service from Union Station to Antioch.

Major streets[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Parade balloon promoting The Goose Is Loose Festival in Libertyville

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 20,742 people, 7,298 households, and 5,451 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,364.5 people per square mile (913.2/km²). There were 7,458 housing units at an average density of 850.2 per square mile (328.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92% White, 5% Asian and 1% African American. 0.1% is Native American. About 1% each are classified as belonging to other races or to two or more races. 3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. While still largely homogeneous, ethnic diversity has increased slightly since the 1960 census, when the population was indicated as being 99.9% white.[5]

As of the 2000 census, there were 7,298 households, out of which 40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66% were married couples living together, 7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25% were non-families. 22% of all households were made up of individuals and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.2.

28% of the village's population is under the age of 18, 5% from 18 to 24, 27% from 25 to 44, 28% from 45 to 64, and 12% 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median household income was $106,337, and the median income for a family was $127,474.[6] Males had a median income of $72,320 versus $39,455 for females. The per capita income for the village was $40,426. About 1.9% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery Church is the former burial site of Peter II of Yugoslavia, who until 2013 was the only European monarch buried on U.S. soil.

The land that is now Libertyville was the property of the Illinois River Potawatomi Indians until August 1829, when economic and resource pressures forced the tribe to sell much of their land in northern Illinois to the U.S. government for $12,000 cash, an additional $12,000 in goods, plus an annual delivery of 50 barrels of salt.[7]

Pursuant to the treaty, the Potawatomi left their lands by the mid-1830s,[8] and by 1835 the future Libertyville had its first recorded non-indigenous resident, George Vardin. Said to be[citation needed] a "well-educated" English immigrant with a wife and a young daughter, Vardin lived in a cabin located where the Cook Park branch of the Cook Memorial Public Library District stands today. Though he apparently moved on to the west that same year, the settlement that grew up around his cabin was initially known as Vardin's Grove.[9]

In 1836, during the celebrations that marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the community voted to name itself Independence Grove. 1837 brought the town's first practicing physician, Jesse Foster, followed quickly by its first lawyer, Horace Butler, for whom Butler Lake is named.[9] The professionals needed services, so a post office opened, necessitating a third name change, because another Independence Grove existed elsewhere in the state. On April 16, 1837, the new post office was registered under the name Libertyville.

The town's name changed again two years later to Burlington when it became the county seat of Lake County. When the county seat moved to Little Fort (now Waukegan, which is the Potawatomi word for "Little Fort") in 1841, the name reverted to Libertyville, without further changes.[10]

Libertyville's most prominent building, the Cook Mansion, was built in 1879 by Ansel Brainerd Cook, very close to the spot where Vardin's cabin was built in the 1830s. Cook, a teacher and stonemason, became a prominent Chicago builder and politician, providing flagstones for the city's sidewalks and taking part in rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The two-story Victorian mansion served as Cook's summer home as well as the center of his horse farm, which provided animals for Chicago's horsecar lines. The building was remodeled in 1921, when it became the town library, gaining a Colonial-style facade with a pillared portico. The building is now a museum with furnishings of the period and other relevant displays. It is operated by the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.[11]

The community expanded rapidly with a spur of the Milwaukee Road train line (now a Metra commuter line) reaching Libertyville in 1881, resulting in the incorporation of the Village of Libertyville in 1882, with John Locke its first village president.[10]

Libertyville's downtown area was largely destroyed by fire in 1895,[5] and the village board mandated brick to be used for reconstruction, resulting in a village center whose architecture is substantially unified by both period and building material.[5] The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which gave Libertyville a Great American Main Street Award, called the downtown "a place with its own sense of self, where people still stroll the streets on a Saturday night, and where the tailor, the hometown bakery, and the vacuum cleaner repair shop are shoulder to shoulder with gourmet coffee vendors and a microbrewery."[12]

Stevenson's home in Libertyville, IL (now Mettawa, IL)

Samuel Insull, founder of Commonwealth Edison, began purchasing land south of Libertyville in 1906. He eventually acquired 4,445 acres (17.99 km2), a holding that he named Hawthorn-Mellody Farms. He also bought the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric line (later the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee), which built a spur from Lake Bluff to Libertyville in 1903. When Insull was ruined by the Great Depression, parts of his estate were bought by prominent Chicagoans Adlai Stevenson and John F. Cuneo.[5]

From 1970 until 2013, Libertyville was the resting place of the only European monarch buried on American soil, Peter II of Yugoslavia, who died in exile in Denver. On 22 January 2013, Peter II's remains were removed from his tomb at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery and sent to Serbia in a ceremony attended by the Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, Peter's son Alexander with his family, and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.[13][14] Peter II lay in state in the Royal Chapel in Dedinje before his burial in the Royal Family Mausoleum at Oplenac on May 26, 2013.

Government[edit]

Terry Weppler is the mayor of Libertyville.[15]

Libertyville is represented by Carol Calabresa on the Lake County Board.[16]

Education[edit]

Libertyville District 70[edit]

Libertyville proper has four public elementary schools and one public middle school, all comprising Libertyville District 70:

Hawthorn District 73[edit]

Students residing south of Golf Road attend Hawthorn District 73 schools in Vernon Hills.

Oak Grove District 68[edit]

Students residing in communities along Buckley Road attend Oak Grove Grade School in neighboring Green Oaks.

Libertyville High School[edit]

Libertyville High School, part of Community High School District 128, serves students in Libertyville and other communities in Libertyville Township.

Other[edit]

The Roman Catholic St. Joseph Elementary School and the Evangelical Lutheran St. John's Lutheran School both provide K-8 education to residents of Libertyville and the surrounding area.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the Village's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of Employees
1Advocate Condell Medical Center2,500
2Motorola Mobility[18]2,300
3Volkswagen Credit550
4Hollister548
5FabTech-IGM430
6Lake County403
7Brightstar396
8Libertyville District 70320
9Commonwealth Edison307
10Morton Manufacturing225

Library[edit]

Libertyville is one of six communities comprising the Cook Memorial Public Library District. The Cook Park library, located on Cook and Brainerd streets in Libertyville, is one of the District's two library facilities. The library was originally housed in the Cook Mansion, after resident Ansel B. Cook's wife, Emily, deeded the property to the Village of Libertyville in 1920 for use as a library.[11] In 1968, a 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) addition was added, adjacent to the Cook home. By 1984, the library's collection, as well as the population, had doubled in size. The Evergreen Interim Library opened in 2003 as a temporary facility at the south end of the district, in Vernon Hills. In 2007, the Library Board adopted plans to add an approximately 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) addition to the Cook Park facility, which was completed in January 2011.

Media[edit]

The Libertyville Review, published by Pioneer Press, covers Libertyville. Regional newspapers that occasionally contain coverage of Libertyville include the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Lake County News-Sun.

Transportation[edit]

Libertyville has a station on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch, Illinois and Chicago (at Union Station). It also has two stations along Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line which provides service between Fox Lake and Union Station, one of which shares a driveway with the station for the North Central Service.

Drinking water supply[edit]

The Libertyville water supply comes from the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) located in Lake Bluff. CLCJAWA purifies water from Lake Michigan.

Recreation[edit]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Sports[edit]

Libertyville has a youth football organization called the Libertyville Boys Club.[19] This includes weight-based football travel teams. The teams play at Butler Lake Park.

The Libertyville Little League[20] is a baseball league with a league for every age. Libertyville has a travel team for each age as well, but they are not run by LLL.

Libertyville has a youth basketball league run by the Libertyville Sports Complex,[21] which hosts many Libertyville events.

The Greater Libertyville Soccer Association (GLSA)[22] is a successful organization in Libertyville that includes house and travel teams.

The Lake Shore Lynx[23] are Libertyville's first semi-pro sports team and play all their games at the Brainerd Campus. The Lake Shore Lynx are the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Gridiron Football League champions. Players from Libertyville High School have been a staple of this organization. Athletes such as Kevin Fontana, Shane Voigt, Dan Nikolich, Nick Nikolich, TJ Fehling and Kevin Dickson have all helped this organization become a powerhouse in the GFL. Founders of this organization are Mike Johnson and Bryan McDermott.

The Libertyville Ladycats[24] (grades 5-8) is a girls' travel basketball team that feeds into LHS.

The Libertyville Warriors is a boy's travel lacrosse club based out of Libertyville and participates in competitions mostly in the Midwest.

Honors[edit]

In 2007, Libertyville was named the 52nd best place to live in the U.S. by CNN Money Magazine. In 2013, CNN Travel named Libertyville as one of America's best small town comebacks[25] and CNNMoney.com listed Libertyville as one of the best places to live for the rich and single.[26]

Notable people[edit]

Music[edit]

Sports[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Libertyville village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d Encyclopedia of Chicago: Libertyville, IL, chicagohistory.org. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  6. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder
  7. ^ Potawatomi Treaties and Treaty Rights, mpm.edu. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  8. ^ The Illinois Constitution of 1818, 19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  9. ^ a b History of the Cook Property. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  10. ^ a b Libertyville History, libertyville.com. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  11. ^ a b Ansel B. Cook Victorian Museum. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  12. ^ section=22 National Main Street Awards, mainstreet.org. Accessed 2008-01-04.
  13. ^ "Remains of last Yugoslav king Peter II Karadjordjevic returned from US to Serbia". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). Associated Press. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  14. ^ "The remains of King Peter II in Belgrade (Посмртни остаци краља Петра II у Београду)". Radio Television of Serbia (in Serbian) (rtv.rs). Tanjug. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ "Village of Libertyville CAFR" (PDF). 
  18. ^ Motorola Mobility bids final adieu to longtime Libertyville home
  19. ^ LBCfoorball.org
  20. ^ Libertyvillebaseball.org
  21. ^ Libertyvillesportscomplex.com
  22. ^ GLSA.org
  23. ^ Lakeshorelynx.com
  24. ^ Eteamz.com
  25. ^ CNN, Jordan Rane, America's best small town comebacks March 12, 2013
  26. ^ Danielle Gensburg, September 18, 2013: CNN cites Libertyville as top place to live for rich and single chicagotribune.com
  27. ^ "David Adler's Libertyville Home", David Adler Center for Music and Art
  28. ^ Marlon Brando in Libertyville
  29. ^ "Left-wing Radical, Anti-authoritarian Troublemaker, Free-speech Guerrilla: Rock Star Tom Morello Is a Real Chip Off the Old Block", by Greg Kot, The Chicago Tribune, July 2, 2000
  30. ^ "Exiled Yugoslavian Monarch Is Buried at Libertyville Monastery", by Diana Dretske, Daily Herald, August 11, 2009
  31. ^ IGN: An Interview with mc chris, movies.ign.com. Accessed 2010-05-28.

External links[edit]