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Downers Grove, Illinois
Location within the Chicago metropolitan area. The Chicago metropolitan area.
Incorporated Village in 1873.
County; State DuPage; Illinois
Township Downers Grove, Lisle, Milton, York
Government Council-manager
Mayor Ron Sandack
Population (2000) 48,724 (up 3.98% from 1990)
Pop. density 1,320.2/km² (3,420.2/mi²)
Zip code(s) 60515, 60516
Area code 630 and 331
Land area 36.9 km² (14.3 mi²)
Income Per capita:   $31,580
Household: $65,539
Home value Mean:    $215,754
Median: $205,900 (2000)
Website www.downers.us
Demographics (Full data)
White Black Hispanic Asian Islander Native Other
90.15% 1.92% 3.59% 5.71% 0.01% 0.11% 1.00%

Downers Grove is an affluent suburb located 19 miles (31 km) west of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois. The population was 48,724 at the 2000 census. The United States Census Bureau estimated the population in 2004 to be 49,302.[1] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (890x1200, 92 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Chicagoland_Map. ... Chicagoland redirects here. ... A Municipal Corporation is a legal defintion for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to) cities, counties, and towns. ... Masouleh village, Gilan Province, Iran. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A civil township is a widely-used unit of local government in the United States, subordinate to a county. ... Downers Grove Township is located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Lisle Township is located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Milton Township is located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... York Township is located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Local government of the United States. ... The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... In mathematics, a percentage is a way of expressing a number as a fraction of 100 (per cent meaning per hundred). It is often denoted using the percent sign, %. For example, 45% (read as forty-five percent) is equal to 45 / 100, or 0. ... This article is about the year. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Mr. ... NANPA redirects here. ... In the United States telephone system, Area codes 630 and 331 cover a portion of suburban Chicagoland, specifically most of Dupage County in Illinois. ... Income, generally defined, is the money that is received as a result of the normal business activities of an individual or a business. ... Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... USD redirects here. ... The median household income is commonly used to provide data about geographic areas and divides households into two equal segments with the first half of households earning less than the median household income and the other half earning more. ... A real estate appraisal is a service performed, by an appraiser, that develops an opinion of value based upon the highest and best use of real property. ... Averages redirects here. ... This article is about the statistical concept. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Demographics refers to selected population characteristics as used in government, marketing or opinion research, or the demographic profiles used in such research. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...

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History

Downers Grove was founded in 1832 by Pierce Downer, a religious evangelist from New York. Its other early settlers included the Blodgett, Curtiss, and Carpenter families. The original settlers were mostly comprised of migrants from the Northeastern United States and Northern Europe. The first schoolhouse was built in 1844. Evangelism is the proclaiming of the Christian Gospel. ... This article is about the state. ... Map of the US northeast. ... Northern Europe Northern Europe is the northern part of the European continent. ...


During the American Civil War, 119 soldiers from Downers Grove served in the Union Army; at least one of these was interred in the cemetery downtown. There was an abolitionist presence in the village, and some of the older homes are thought to have been stops on the Underground Railroad. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The 21st Michigan Infantry, a company of Shermans veterans. ... Castle Ashby Graveyard Northamptonshire A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. ... This article is about the abolition of slavery. ... H. B. Lindsley, Harriet Tubman, c. ...


The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was extended from Aurora to Chicago through Downers Grove in 1862, boosting its population. The town was incorporated in March 1873. Its somewhat unusual spelling ("Apostrophe-free since 1873") remains a minor historical mystery. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ... The Paramount Theatre under renovation, downtown Aurora. ...


In April 1947, a Burlington Railroad Nebraska Zephyr passenger train wreck killed two people, including the engineer. The eastbound streamliner struck a large piece of farm equipment which had become loosened from its flat car, and was protruding onto the adjoining track from a westbound freight. Part of the train crashed through a wall of the Main Street Station. The observation end of the Nebraska Zephyr at IRM A closeup of the articulation used between passenger cars on the Nebraska Zephyr trainset The Nebraska Zephyr was a named passenger train of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CBQ, commonly known by the shorter name of Burlington). One of the...


The construction of two major toll roads along the village's northern and western boundaries, I-355 in 1989 and what is now referred to as I-88 in 1958, facilitated its access to the rest of Chicago metro area. Downers Grove has developed into a bustling Chicago suburb with many diverse businesses, including the headquarters for Rossi, FTD, Travelers Insurance, Lovejoy, ServiceMaster, Sara Lee, Swift-Eckrich,[2] Arrow Gear,[3] Magnetrol,[4] Spiegel and Butterball. Interstate 355 (abbreviated I-355), also known as the Veterans Memorial Tollway, formerly the North-South Tollway, is an interstate highway and tollway located in the western and southwest suburbs of Chicago, USA (part of a metropolitan area sometimes known as Chicagoland). ... Interstate 88 (abbreviated I-88) is an interstate highway entirely within the state of Illinois. ... The Chicago metropolitan area is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The St. ... There are other articles with similar names; see Lovejoy (disambiguation). ... ServiceMaster (NYSE: SVM) is a Fortune 500 company that provides various services to residences and firms. ... Sara Lee Corporation (NYSE: SLE) is a global consumer-goods company based in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA. It has operations in more than 40 countries and sells its products in over 180 nations worldwide. ... Spiegel is one of the nations leading direct marketing or catalog companies. ... Butterball is a brand of turkey and other poultry products produced by Butterball LLC, a joint venture of Smithfield Foods and Maxwell Farms. ...

The Orange Lyman Home, constructed in 1839; possibly a stop on the Underground Railroad
The Orange Lyman Home, constructed in 1839; possibly a stop on the Underground Railroad

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (844x486, 91 KB)This was the home of Revrend Orange Lyman, constructed in 1839 and the oldest known home in Downers Grove. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (844x486, 91 KB)This was the home of Revrend Orange Lyman, constructed in 1839 and the oldest known home in Downers Grove. ... H. B. Lindsley, Harriet Tubman, c. ...

Geography

Downers Grove is located at 41°47′27″N, 88°0′53″W (41.790730, -88.014855)[5].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 14.3 square miles (36.9 km²), of which, 14.2 square miles (36.9 km²) of it is land and 0.07% is water. Only the DuPage County communities of Bartlett, Aurora, Naperville and Bolingbrook have larger land areas. The town is bordered by two forest preserves: Lyman Woods [1] and Maple Grove Forest Preserve [2]. Downers Grove has been designated a Tree City USA for the past 22 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation.[6]. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... Incorporated Village in 1891. ... The Paramount Theatre under renovation, downtown Aurora. ... Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in Illinois in the United States, voted the second best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine in 2006. ... Incorporated Village in 1965. ...


Downers Grove borders the communities of Oak Brook, Westmont, Darien, Lombard, Woodridge and Lisle. Template:Chicagoland McCity Oak Brook is a suburb of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois in the Elmhurst-Villa Park-Lombard-Oakbrook area. ... Incorporated Village in 1921. ... Incorporated City in 1969. ... Lombards Maple Street Chapel, built in 1870, served as the villages first town hall and library. ... Incorporated Village in 1959. ... Incorporated Village in 1956. ...


Climate

Downers Grove is in a humid continental climate zone.[7] On average, July is the warmest month, and January is the coldest month. August typically has the most precipitation, and February the least. The record high for Downers Grove was 105°F (40.56°C) in July of 2005, and the record low of -26 °F (-32 °C) was set in January, 1985.[8][9] The humid continental climate is a climate found over large areas of land masses in the temperate regions of the mid-latitudes where there is a zone of conflict between polar and tropical air masses. ... Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after the German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), who proposed it in 1724. ... The degree Celsius (°C) is a unit of temperature named after the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744), who first proposed a similar system in 1742. ...

Weather averages for Downers Grove, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65 (18) 70 (21) 85 (29) 90 (32) 95 (35) 103 (39) 105 (41) 100 (38) 100 (38) 90 (32) 78 (26) 70 (21) 105 (41)
Average high °F (°C) 32 (0) 38 (3) 50 (10) 63 (17) 75 (24) 84 (29) 87 (31) 85 (29) 78 (26) 67 (19) 50 (10) 37 (3)
Average low °F (°C) 14 (-10) 19 (-7) 28 (-2) 38 (3) 48 (9) 57 (14) 63 (17) 61 (16) 53 (12) 42 (6) 32 (0) 20 (-7)
Record low °F (°C) -26 (-32) -21 (-29) -10 (-23) 4 (-16) 25 (-4) 32 (0) 41 (5) 38 (3) 27 (-3) 14 (-10) -4 (-20) -21 (-29) -26 (-32)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.85 (47) 1.56 (39.6) 2.62 (66.5) 3.80 (96.5) 3.94 (100.1) 3.91 (99.3) 3.97 (100.8) 4.60 (116.8) 3.38 (85.9) 2.66 (67.6) 3.20 (81.3) 2.45 (62.2)
Source: [8][9] 2007-08-07

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Housing

The housing stock in Downers Grove comprises a mixture; some, generally near the center of town, date from the middle of the 19th century, but housing styles of each succeeding generation are represented. Downers Grove has witnessed one of the highest teardown rates in the Chicago area; small older residences are being demolished and replaced with much larger new houses.[10] Teardowns have been the source of much controversy within the village. Since they occupy much more land than the original houses, rainwater that was originally absorbed by their yards is directed into neighboring yards and streets, resulting in flooding.[11] Concerns have been expressed that teardowns reduce affordable housing in the town.[12] A teardown refers to a process in which a real estate company or other individual buys an existing home and then tears it down and replaces it with a new (often larger) home. ... Distribution of U.S. Median Home Values Affordable housing is a term used to describe dwelling units whose total housing costs are deemed affordable to a group of people within a specified income range. ...


Downers Grove prides itself on the presence of a large collection of Sears-Roebuck Catalog Homes, built using purchased kits between 1908 and 1940.[13] During 2006 and 2007, a movement arose to establish the 1846 Blodgett House as a museum of the Underground Railroad.[14] The house has now been moved onto the Downers Grove Museum Campus. [15] Advertisement for Modern Home No. ... H. B. Lindsley, Harriet Tubman, c. ...


Transportation

The main line of the BNSF Railway (also used by Metra commuter rail with three stops in Downers Grove), and Interstate Highways 355 and 88 all pass through the community. Downers Grove is served by the Pace Bus Service, a system of suburban public transportation. The BNSF Railway (AAR reporting marks BNSF), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the four remaining transcontinental railroads and one of the largest railroad networks in North America (only one competitor, the Union Pacific Railroad, is larger in size). ... A Metra Train in Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States and surrounding cities, many of them Chicago suburbs. ... Interstate 355 (abbreviated I-355), also known as the Veterans Memorial Tollway, formerly the North-South Tollway, is an interstate highway and tollway located in the western and southwest suburbs of Chicago, USA (part of a metropolitan area sometimes known as Chicagoland). ... Interstate 88 (abbreviated I-88) is an interstate highway entirely within the state of Illinois. ...


The Grove Commuter Shuttle runs four routes throughout the community to two of the three train depots that are in the village. The shuttle also operates for the Heritage Festival from remote parking lots on the north and south sides of the village located at the respective north and south high schools.[16]


Community events

The village hosts the Downers Grove Heritage Festival each June. On Friday nights in the summer, antique and specialty cars park downtown in an informal car show which aggrevates commuters and those that wish to park in the downtown area.. The Indian Boundary YMCA sponsors a Saturday morning farmer's market from June to October, and an ice sculpture festival is held in January. An annual cycling event, the National Criterium Championships, is hosted in August. The event draws racers and cycling enthusiasts from all over the country and the world. Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ...


The high school sporting events draw large crowds, especially the annual football game between Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South high schools, and the annual competition between the Hinsdale Central High School and the Downers Grove North football teams for the Old Oaken Bucket. Downers Grove North High School, or DGNHS, and locally referred to as North, is a public four year high school located near the corner of Main Street and Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Downers Grove South High School, or DGS, and locally referred to as South, is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Dunham Road and 63rd Street in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Hinsdale Central High School, or HCHS, and locally referred to as Central, is a public four-year high school located at the corner of W. 55th St. ...


Education

Downers Grove is home to 12 public elementary schools, 2 public middle schools and 2 public high schools, Downers Grove North and South. 11 of the elementary schools (including Hillcrest School (Downers Grove, IL) and 2 of the middle schools are part of Downers Grove Grade School District 58. The other elementary school and junior high are part of Center Cass School District 66 (includes Lakeview Jr High, Prairieview, and Elizabeth Ide), which includes the extreme southern part of Downers Grove, as well as parts of Darien and Woodridge. Downers Grove North High School, or DGNHS, and locally referred to as North, is a public four year high school located near the corner of Main Street and Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Downers Grove South High School, or DGS, and locally referred to as South, is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Dunham Road and 63rd Street in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Incorporated City in 1969. ... Incorporated Village in 1959. ...


The two high schools in Downers Grove, North High and South High, are part of Community High School District 99. They serve the entire community of Downers Grove, the majority of the village of Woodridge, and parts of Westmont, Darien, Lisle, Bolingbrook, Oak Brook and unincorporated Downers Grove and Lisle Townships. Downers Grove North High School, or DGNHS, and locally referred to as North, is a public four year high school located near the corner of Main Street and Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Downers Grove South High School, or DGS, and locally referred to as South, is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Dunham Road and 63rd Street in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. ... Community High School District 99 is a local school district serving Downers Grove and the surrounding community in the state of Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1959. ... Incorporated Village in 1921. ... Incorporated City in 1969. ... Incorporated Village in 1956. ... Incorporated Village in 1965. ... Template:Chicagoland McCity Oak Brook is a suburb of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois in the Elmhurst-Villa Park-Lombard-Oakbrook area. ...


Both high schools perform very well academically, with District 99 posting an average ACT score of 22.6 in the 2006 administration, 2.3 points above the state average.[17] The 2004 Illinois School Report Card[18] gave North High School an overall achievement rating of 73.4/100, while South High School received a score of 66.3, ranking them 7th and 13th respectively out of 22 DuPage County high schools. The ACT® test is a standardized achievement examination for college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. ...


Downers Grove is home to the Avery Coonley School.[19]. Founded in 1906 and in its present location in Downers Grove since 1929, it is a highly prestigious private K-8 school, known for its math and science-oriented teaching as well as its focus on the arts and foreign language. The Avery Coonley School is a highly selective, non-denominational private day/elementary school in Downers Grove, Illinois. ...


Downers Grove is also the home of Midwestern University, which trains osteopathic physicians and surgeons, physician's assistants, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists. Midwestern University (MWU) is a non-profit, private, graduate school of medicine with two campuses: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) in Downers Grove, Illinois and Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine(MWU/AzCOM) in Glendale, Arizona. ...


According to the 2000 United States Census, Downers Grove has one of the nation's most educated citizenry, with 36.4% of individuals over the age of 25 holding bachelor's or advanced degrees; the national average is 24.4%.[20] The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. ...


Politics

Local

The Village of Downers Grove operates under a council-manager form of government. The Village Council is the policy-making body that authorizes a professional manager to oversee the daily operations of the village. In addition to the Municipal Code, which establishes many of the rules and regulations by which the Village operates, the Council has also adopted separate council policies on several matters related to municipal activities. The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ...


As of the April 17, 2007 election, the Village Council commissioners are Geoff Neustadt, William Waldack, Marilyn Schnell, Martin Tully, Sean Durkin, and Bruce Beckman. Ron Sandack is Mayor.


The elections for village positions in the village have traditionally been non-partisan; the candidates' party affiliations do not appear on the ballot, and direct party funding was not practiced. The local Republican Party and Democratic Party organizations have not, in the past, openly issued endorsements of the candidates. On January 12, 2007, the Downers Grove township Democratic organization issued a statement endorsing the non-partisan tradition[21]; the statement made reference to a change in the corresponding Republican organization's bylaws, saying that "It has come to the organization’s attention that the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization has recently included in its bylaws the provision that it will henceforth officially endorse Republican candidates and commit funds to help elect these candidates".[22] Partisan may refer to: A member of a lightly-equipped irregular military force formed to oppose control of an area by a foreign power or by an army of occupation. ... GOP redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The term township is used to denote a lower level territorial subdivision. ...


State and national

Downers Grove is within the 13th US Congressional District of Illinois (map), and as of February 2007 is represented by Judy Biggert (Republican). It is part of the Illinois Senate's 21st Legislative District and the Illinois House of Representatives's 42nd Representative District. Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Judy Biggert speaks to a class of high school students. ... The Illinois Senate convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... Type Bicameral Speaker Michael Madigan, (D) since 1997 Minority Leader Tom Cross, (R) since 2002 Members 118 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Illinois State Capitol Web site ilga. ...


In the November 2004 general election, George W. Bush received 39,966 votes in Downers Grove Township, John Kerry received 32,155 votes, and the Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik received 438 votes.[23] By contrast, in the same election, the Illinois Democratic senatorial candidate Barack Obama received 45,721 votes, while his Republican opponent Alan Keyes received 22,167 votes.[23] In 2006, the 4th of July parade in Downers Grove featured both of the major Illinois gubernatorial candidates, Judy Baar Topinka (R) and incumbent Rod Blagojevich (D).[24] George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... See also Libertarianism and Libertarian Party Libertarian,is a term for person who has made a conscious and principled commitment, evidenced by a statement or Pledge, to forswear violating others rights and usually living in voluntary communities: thus in law no longer subject to government supervision. ... Badnarik campaigning in July 2004. ... “Barack” redirects here. ... Alan Keyes (born August 7, 1950) is an American political activist, author and former diplomat. ... July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 180 days remaining. ... Judy Baar Topinka. ... Milorad Blagojevich, commonly known as Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ...


Utilities

Downers Grove drinking water comes from Lake Michigan, via agreements with the Chicago Water Department[3]. Its electricity infrastructure is largely maintained by Commonwealth Edison Company[4]; (ComEd); its natural gas infrastructure was built by Northern Illinois Gas.[5]


Household waste pickup is contracted out by the village, as is yard waste pickup; these are paid for by household-purchased stickers. Curbside recycling is free.


Waste water is treated by the Downers Grove Sanitary District.[6]


Demographics

As of the census[25] of 2000, there were 48,724 people, 18,979 households, and 13,019 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,420.2 people per square mile (1,320.2/km²). There were 19,477 housing units at an average density of 1,367.2/sq mi (527.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 90.15% White, 1.92% African American, 0.11% Native American, 5.71% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.59% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 18,979 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, and 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the village the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.


The median income for a household in the village was $65,539, and the median income for a family was $80,604. Males had a median income of $56,422 versus $36,938 for females. The per capita income for the village was $31,580. About 1.3% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Trivia

The public Downers Grove Golf Course was founded in 1892 by Charles Blair Macdonald and is the oldest golf course west of the Allegheny Mountains. C. B. Macdonald in 1895 Charles Blair Macdonald (November 14, 1855 – April 21, 1939) was a major figure in early American golf. ... The Allegheny Mountain Range (also spelled Alleghany and Allegany) -- informally, the Alleghenies -- is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range of the eastern United States. ...


Downers Grove is the home of the Tivoli Theater,[26] which opened in 1928 as only the second theater in the world designed and built for sound motion pictures. It features an ornate interior and an original Wurlitzer organ that is played on most Friday and Saturday nights. The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, usually referred to simply as Wurlitzer, is an American company, formerly a producer of stringed instruments, woodwind, brass instruments, theatre organs, band organs, orchestrions, electronic organs, electric pianos and jukeboxes. ...


There are about a dozen automobile dealers in the city limits, part of one of the largest congregations of dealers in the state, along with Naperville and Westmont, called the "Highway to Hell." Between the three cities, every mainstream make and model of car available is found on or near Ogden Avenue Route 34. Some of the largest in the city are Bill Kay Auto Group, Pugi of Chicagoland, and Autonation, all of whom have multiple tickets. Ogden Avenue is one of the busiest automotive retail strips in the country, and second only to 159th street (Orland Park) in the state. Luxury Motors, located on Fairview Ave, is one of the largest online automobile dealers in the world.


Downers Grove is also home to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital,[27] a Level I trauma center that serves the entire Chicago area. A trauma center is a hospital equipped to perform as a casualty receiving station for the emergency medical services by providing the best possible medical care for traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. ...


In 1928, the powerful transmitter and three tower array for radio station WCFL (1000 AM) was relocated from Navy Pier in Chicago to Downers Grove. Originally named for its owner, the Chicago Federation of Labor, and known as the "Chicago Voice of Labor," the station became WLUP-AM[28] in 1987, and in 1990 became WMVP. The 1930s era transmitter building still displays the distinctive WCFL lettering. WCFL (1000 kHz Chicago, Illinois) was a 50,000-watt AM radio station located in Chicago. ... The Navy Pier seen from the John Hancock Center Navy Pier is a 3,000 foot long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. ... The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) is the central labor body for over 300 Chicago area unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The CFL was formed in the late 1800s to strengthen the efforts of individual union locals by creating a unified voice for the citys labor movement. ... WMVP (1000 AM) is the callsign of a commercial radio station in Chicago. ...


Comedian Emo Philips, who grew up in the town, performs a humorous song entitled "Downtown Downers Grove" on his 1985 album E=mo². He has stated that "When I was ten, my parents moved to Downers Grove, Illinois... When I was twelve, I found them." Emo Philips is an American entertainer and comedian. ...


Downers Grove is also the property management headquarters for the Uniform-Foodservice-Real Estate company Aramark which is a Fortune 500 company.


In 2001, writer Michael Hornburg published a novel entitled Downers Grove, set in the town.[29]


In 2008 it was reported that American Psycho" and "The Rules of Attraction" author Bret Easton Ellis has signed on to adapt a film script from the novel "Downers Grove" for Mangrove Entertainment


Downers Grove is host to the only Fry's Electronics in the Chicago area, located on the north side of the city limits. Frys Electronics is a specialty retailer of software, consumer electronics, computer hardware and household appliances with a chain of superstores headquartered in Silicon Valley. ...


Notable people with connections to Downers Grove

Sean Bennett (born February 14, 1979) is a classical pianist originally from Downers Grove, IL. He has generated controversy for publicly rejecting purist classical interpretations in favor of more original performances which depart from the score. ... Bob Bryar, born Robert Nathaniel Cory Bryar (as stated by himself), December 31, 1979 in Downers Grove, Illinois, is the drummer for My Chemical Romance. ... Lauren Frost (born May 25, 1985) is an American actress from Chicago, Illinois who played in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. ... Even Stevens is an American comedy television series that aired on Disney Channel. ... Catherine Michelle Cammi Granato (born March 25, 1971 in Downers Grove, Illinois) is probably the best-known American female ice hockey player. ... Tony Granato (born July 25, 1964 in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA) is an American former National Hockey League leftwinger and former head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. ... Matt (or Matthew) Jones may refer to: Matt Jones, a British television writer. ... James Adelbert Jim McDermott (born December 28, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is the current U.S. Representative for Washingtons 7th congressional district. ... State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... The Seventh Congressional District of Washington encompasses all of Seattle and Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Emo Philips is an American entertainer and comedian. ... Denise Lee Richards (born February 17, 1971) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Randall Mario Poffo (born November 15, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio) better known by his ring name Macho Man Randy Savage, is a former American professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is located in St. ...

References

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau
  2. ^ About Swift-Eckrich
  3. ^ About Arrow Gear
  4. ^ About Magnetrol
  5. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Tree City USA
  7. ^ North American climate. Encyclopedia and Learning Resources. world Book Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  8. ^ a b Average Weather for Downers Grove, IL - Temperature and Precipitation. The Weather Channel. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  9. ^ a b Average Weather for Downers Grove, IL - Temperature and Precipitation. The Weather Channel. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  10. ^ Teardowns in the News. National Trust for Historic Preservation. Accessed October 29, 2007.
  11. ^ Downers Grove Coalition for Managed Redevelopment
  12. ^ 7 candidates, 7 visions for future of village. The Downers Grove Sun, February 15, 2007. Accessed October 29]], 2007.
  13. ^ Tracing the History of Your House. Downers Grove Library. Accessed October 29, 2007.
  14. ^ 1846 Blodgett House. Blodgetthouse.org, September 13, 2007. Accessed May 10,, 2008.
  15. ^ Move means homecoming for historic Downers Grove house. Chicago Tribune, May 6, 2008. Accessed May 10, 2008.
  16. ^ Grove Commuter Shuttle FAQ
  17. ^ ILLINOIS DISTRICT REPORT CARD:CHSD 99 (PDF). Retrieved on 2007-12-23.
  18. ^ Illinois School Report Card 2004
  19. ^ The Avery Coonley School
  20. ^ United States Census Bureau Fact Sheet
  21. ^ Downers Grove Democrats - Non-partisanship policy
  22. ^ Non-partisanship statement by Downers Grove Township Democrats
  23. ^ a b November 2004 Election results for Downers Grove Township
  24. ^ Blagojevich and Topinka both make appearances at the Downers Grove 4th of July parade
  25. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  26. ^ The Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove
  27. ^ Good Samaritan Hospital
  28. ^ Radio Broadcasting History
  29. ^ About Michael Hornburg's novel Downers Grove
  30. ^ US House of Representatives - Biographies

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External links

  • Village of Downers Grove
  • Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Downers Grove Public Library
  • Downers Grove Park District
  • Downers Grove Community Advocates
  • Metra Rail service: Aurora to Chicago via Downers Grove
  • Citizen's Advisory Group - Groundwater Contamination
  • Teardown discussion by the National Historic Trust
  • Downers Grove Coalition for Managed Redevelopment
  • Downers Grove Tourism & Events
  • Downers Grove Concert Association
  • Downers Grove Choral Society
  • Township of Downers Grove
  • History and Photos of the Tivoli Theatre
  • Downers Grove Sun Newspaper
  • The Grover News
  • Downers Grove Reporter Newspaper
  • List of churches in Downers Grove
  • Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance
  • Downers Grove Heritage Preservation Corporation
  • Lisle Police Association
  • Downers Grove 2000 Crime Rate Information
  • Downers Grove, Illinois is at coordinates 41°47′27″N 88°00′54″W / 41.79073, -88.014855 (Downers Grove, Illinois)Coordinates: 41°47′27″N 88°00′54″W / 41.79073, -88.014855 (Downers Grove, Illinois)

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