Washington Park, Illinois

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Washington Park is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,345 at the 2000 census.



Washington Park filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in July, 2009, citing assets of less than $50,000 and debt of more than $1 million. Washington Park filed for bankruptcy in 2004 as well, claiming a $1.6 million debt, but that filing was dismissed when the village briefly emerged from insolvency.[2]

In 2010 the mayor of Washington Park, John Thornton, was found to have been fatally shot; he was discovered in his car injured on the morning of April 1, 2010, and he died at the hospital at 6 AM.[3][2]


Washington Park is located at 38°37′47″N 90°5′41″W / 38.62972°N 90.09472°W / 38.62972; -90.09472 (38.629750, -90.094606).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,345 people, 1,692 households, and 1,218 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,180.4 people per square mile (842.3/km²). There were 2,007 housing units at an average density of 818.7/sq mi (316.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 6.06% White, 91.94% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.89% of the population.

There were 1,692 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.0% were married couples living together, 38.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.77.

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