Plano, Illinois

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Plano is a city in Kendall County, Illinois, United States and is a southwest suburb of Chicago. The population was 5,633 at the 2000 census. The city is rapidly growing with new subdivisions such as Lakewood Springs complete and several other developments under construction or in the planning stages. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert lives at a farm north of Plano.[1]



Plano is the birthplace of the Reaper. In July, 1831, Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the mechanical reaper, known as the Plano Harvester. The Plano Harvester combined all the steps that earlier harvesting machines had . His time-saving invention allowed farmers to more than double their crop size and spurred innovations in farm machinery.[2]

Plano was the one time headquarters for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now known as Community of Christ). Joseph Smith III, son of slain LDS movement founder Joseph Smith, Jr., moved to Plano in 1866 and ran the church's printing operation from there.

The historic Mies van der Rohe designed Farnsworth House is located on the Fox River, south of Plano.


The development of the community had centered around its strong agricultural setting, along with its situation along a major arm of the AMTRAK Rail System, as well as its situation along US Route 34, which runs from Chicago, out through Plano and neighboring Sandwich, and continues out to the west. The Plano Molding Company, which manufactures fishing tackle equipment, as well as other plastic domestic containment units, has its headquarters in Plano. Both of its original factories are still within Plano, but the main bulk of the production is now in Sandwich as well as in Mendota, IL. Plano and Sandwich have had a sibling-like relationship in the way they had developed. Both were situated along a major trading route, both are along a major rail artery, and both are deeply agricultural. This behavior between the two communities has developed into a rivalry between the two respective High Schools. Sandwich and Plano's rivalry has been referred to in the press as the "War on 34", due to their location on US 34; The annual game is also referred to as the "War of the Line", since Sandwich actually resides at an awkward juncture of LaSalle, DeKalb, and Kendall Counties. Plano resides only mere feet away, within Kendall County. Plano has also been the site of much construction and housing developments. Unfortunately, due to the Housing Crisis, most of the new developments, as well as many of the houses in town, have a great many foreclosures. One of the bright spots of the crisis is that the local community college had decided to construct a satellite campus to better serve the people of the immediate area. The new campus is slated to open on November 1, 2010, and is expected to serve the people of Plano for some time to come. On the Western side of town, near the border with Sandwich, there is also planned development, with a bank, grocery store, a couple of strip malls in the current area. There are plans to build an indoor water park next to a hotel within the development, which actually is cut in half between the communities. The city also has many beautiful Forest Preserves and a State Wildlife Preserve within the close immediate area as well.

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