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There are one hundred and two counties in Illinois. St. Clair County was the first county established in what is today Illinois. Most counties in Illinois were named after early American leaders, especially of the American Revolutionary War, as well as soldiers from the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812.

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Kendall County, Illinois

Kendall County Education, Geography, and HistoryKendall County, Illinois Courthouse

Kendall County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 114,736.  Kendall County was created on February 19, 1841. The county seat is Yorkville. The county is named for Amos Kendall, Andrew Jacksons' Postmaster General.

Kendall County is included in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was the fastest-growing county in the United States between the years 2000 and 2010.

Etymology - Origin of Kendall County Name

The County was named for Amos Kendall, a successful politician and journalist, Postmaster General under Jackson, and as partner of S.F.B. Morse, the inventor of the electric telegraph, he contributed largely to the commercial success of that invention.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Kendall County History

Kendall County was created on February 19, 1841 (Laws, 1841, p. 75) and was formed from La Salle and Kane Counties. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Kane County (1836-1841), LaSalle County (1831-1841), Putnam County (1825-1831), Fulton County (1823-1825), Pike County (1821-1823), Clark County (1819-1821), Crawford County (1816-1819), Edwards County (1815-1816), Madison County (1812-1815), St. Clair County (1801-1812) and Knox, Northwest Territory (1790-1801).

The County was named for Amos Kendall, a successful politician and journalist, Postmaster General under Jackson, and as partner of S.F.B. Morse, the inventor of the electric telegraph, he contributed largely to the commercial success of that invention. The County Seat is Yorkville . Prior County Seats was Yorkville (1841-1845), Oswego (1845-1864) and Yorkville (1864-Present). The historic courthouse in Yorkville built in 1864 was used until 1998 when the new courthouse was completed. The building is currently undergoing extensive restoration.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 323 square miles (836 km2), of which, 321 square miles (830 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.65%) is water.

 Kendall county is located in north Illinois. Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Kane County
  • Northeast: DuPage County
  • Southeast: Will County
  • South: Grundy County
  • Southwest: La Salle County
  • Northwest: DeKalb County

Education

  • Lisbon Community Consolidated School District 90
  • Newark Community Consolidated School District 66
  • Newark Community High School District 18
  • Oswego Community Unit School District 308
  • Plano Community Unit School District 88
  • Yorkville Community Unit School District 115
  • School District #101
  • School District #201
  • School District #202
  • School District #429
  • School District #430 (Sandwich Community School District #430)

The northern half of the county is in Community College District 516 and is served by Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Aurora, and Plano. The southern half is in Community College District 525 and is served by Joliet Junior College in Joliet.

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