Manteno, Illinois

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Manteno is a village in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,200 at the 2006 census. It is part of the Kankakee–Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Chicago–Naperville–Michigan City, IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area.


General information

Manteno, Illinois is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Chicago's loop. There is a combination of industrial and agricultural employers in town. Farmers Elevator Company of Manteno stands as the tallest site in town, with the ability to house 2 million bushels of corn or soybeans at any one time.[citation needed]

Manteno is home to Sears and K-Mart Distribution Centers, both of which contain 1.5 million square feet (140,000 m²) of warehouse area. The Diversatech Industrial Park is on the east side of town. It contains many diversified industrial plants and warehousing complexes.

Interstate 57 runs north and south along the west side of Manteno for access to Chicago or Kankakee.

Manteno was the home of Manteno State Hospital, one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the country when it opened in 1928. It closed in 1985. That closure and the 1983 closure of Hilman Hospital, a general medical hospital, brought economic stagnation to the town. Although the town once had direct access to Chicago via a commuter line, that railroad hasn't operated since the 1920s. The Metra Electric station in University Park Illinois serves Manteno.

Manteno is home to celebrity-teacher Mike Mosier who coined the phrase " Hell Ya". Mosier is best known for the infamous Great Cabbage Incident of the early 1970's.


Manteno was named after Manteno Bourbonnais, a daughter of Francois Bourbonnais, Jr. and his Potowatami wife. A Potawatomi Indian name, it is a possible anglicization of manito or manitou, a Potawatomi word for spirit.

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