Morris, Illinois

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Morris is a city in Grundy County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,928 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 13,812 in 2008.[1] It is the county seat of Grundy County.[3]

Morris is home to the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, which provides a substantial portion of the electricity supply for the Chicago metropolitan area. Included among the Dresden plant's reactors is the first commercial nuclear reactor, housed in a spherical concrete and steel shell; it has since been decommissioned, and two more modern reactors (of 1970s vintage) now generate its electricity.



Currently, Morris has one of the few prospering and historically intact downtowns in Illinois.[citation needed] Visitors and shoppers come a distance to enjoy the tranquil small town shopping atmosphere. In addition to the downtown, there are outlying businesses such as five motels, a theater, restaurants, a furniture store, two drug stores, boat sales, three grocery stores, hardware stores, banquet hall, and numerous retail stores and gift shops.

Morris enjoys the benefit of being the Grundy County seat and has a large hospital and modern schools. There are many small parks, ball diamonds, tennis courts, two golf courses, a swimming pool as well as the Gebhard Woods State Park and the William G. Stratton State Park for boat launching on the Illinois River and a skatepark located near White Oak elementary school.

Morris is situated along the Illinois River at the intersections of U.S. Route 6, Illinois Route 47, and Interstate 80.


Morris is located at 41°22′31″N 88°25′41″W / 41.37528°N 88.42806°W / 41.37528; -88.42806 (41.3751416, -88.4281240), at an elevation of 525 feet (160 m).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.5 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (3.91%) is water.

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