Catlin, Illinois

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Catlin is a village in Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 2,087 at the 2000 census.



This settlement was originally called Butler's Point when James Butler settled here in 1820. He started a cemetery in 1822, known as "God's Acre" as well as Butler Cemetery; this is reputed to be the earliest cemetery in the county. The first school here was built in 1827 and was also used as a church.

Some of the local attractions include Pizza Time, Inc. There are two bars in town (The Alley Cat, and the Corner Bar) Many businesses have tried to be successful in Catlin, Illinois such as the "break room" and various flowershops and coffee huts, however they have all ended up closing. A few businesses remain open such as "Pauline's Attic."

Josiah Hunt and Guy Merrill planted the town in 1866, and named the town Catlin in honor of J. N. Catlin, president of the Great Western Railroad, which built a rail line through the area.[2]

The Potawatomi Trail of Death passed through here in 1838.


Catlin is located at 40°3′59″N 87°42′24″W / 40.06639°N 87.70667°W / 40.06639; -87.70667 (40.066423, -87.706592)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a land area totaling 2.0 km²(0.8 sq mi).


Catlin Community Unit School District #5 consists of Catlin Grade School with about 375-400 students and Catlin High School with about 145-175 students.

Government and Politics

Catlin's government consists of a mayor and a village board. The village utilizes a commissioner form of government. The mayor is elected separately from the other members of the board and serves a four-year term. Each candidate for the board runs in an at-large election for a four-year term. After a candidate is elected generally to the board, the mayor appoints each board member a specific commissioner position (e.g. Finance, Streets and Sanitation). There are no term limits on any of the elected officials.

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