McLean County, Illinois

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McLean County is the largest county in the U.S. state of Illinois. At 1,184 square miles (3,070 km2), it is more than 10% larger than the land area of the state of Rhode Island. McLean County is included in the BloomingtonNormal, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 150,433, which ranks 13th amongst Illinois counties. Its county seat is Bloomington, Illinois[1].

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Crop production

McLean County boasts some of the richest soil in the world. Only patches of farmland in Argentina, southern Ukraine, and along the Yellow River in China match the fertile ground that covers much of the northern half of Illinois, particularly a high-yielding band through the state's midsection. It is the top-producing county in the United States for both corn and soybeans.

Government

McLean County has a 20 member board representing 10 different districts within the County. District 1, District 2, and District 3 encompass all of the County save for the Bloomington/Normal metropolitan area. Districts 4, 5, and 6 are within Normal limits while 7, 8, 9, and 10 are within Bloomington City Limits.

The Board is known for its efficient and "get things done" approach to government. The County has been awarded for its excellence in providing services to its residents.

Pronunciation

McLean is pronounced "mih-KLAIN" or "muh-KLAIN" (as with native son McLean Stevenson), not "mih-KLEEN" as some non-natives say.

History

McLean County was formed late in 1830 out of Tazewell County. It was named for John McLean, United States Senator for Illinois, who died in 1830.

McLean County from the time of its creation to 1837

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