West Chicago, Illinois

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West Chicago is a city in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,469 at the 2000 census. It was formerly named Turner Junction after its founder, John B. Turner, president of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU) in 1855. The city was initially established around the first junction of railroad lines in Illinois[2], and today is still served by the Union Pacific/West Metra service via West Chicago station.



West Chicago is located at 41°53′18″N 88°12′35″W / 41.888378°N 88.209659°W / 41.888378; -88.209659Coordinates: 41°53′18″N 88°12′35″W / 41.888378°N 88.209659°W / 41.888378; -88.209659.[3]

According the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.8 square miles (35.8 km²), all of it land.


In the 1980s/90s, the city received a scare due to the nuclear-waste contamination scandal. Harmful waste from the Rare Earths Facility had been spread around the community since the 1930s when the facility was founded by the Lindsay Light and Chemical Company. One contaminated site was Reed-Keppler Park, which was built on top of a landfill that had received some waste from the plant. Kerr-McGee, which had bought the facility in 1967 and operated it until 1973[4] [5] [6] [7] , settled with the city, cleaning up the waste.

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