Kankakee County, Illinois

Kankakee County, Illinois
Kankakee County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Illinois highlighting Kankakee County
Location within the U.S. state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 11, 1853
Named forKankakee River
SeatKankakee
Largest cityKankakee
Area
 • Total681 sq mi (1,764 km2)
 • Land677 sq mi (1,753 km2)
 • Water4.8 sq mi (12 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010)113,449
 • Density168/sq mi (65/km2)
Congressional district2nd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/www.co.kankakee.il.us

Kankakee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 113,449.[1] Its county seat is Kankakee.[2]

Kankakee County comprises the Kankakee, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Starting in the 1770s, if not earlier, the area that is now Kankakee County was largely populated by the Pottawatami.

French Canadian Settlers came to Kankakee County in 1834, after the federal government signed the Treaty of Camp Tippecanoe in 1832. They were soon joined by migrants from New York and Vermont, mostly locating in Momence, Illinois. In the 1840s, most of the migrants were French Canadians or Metis and they settled in such places as Bourbonnais.

An act of the Illinois Legislature created Kankakee County out of the north part of Iroquois County and the south part of Will County in February 1853. The six original townships were Yellowhead, Rockville, Bourbonnais, Momence, Aroma Park, and Limestone. The population of the new county was about 8,000. In 1855 the two western townships (Norton and Essex) were taken from Vermilion County and added to Kankakee County. The County was named for the Kankakee River.

Other Languages
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: কানকাকী কাউন্টি, ইলিনয়স
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Kankakee Gông (Illinois)
Nederlands: Kankakee County
Plattdüütsch: Kankakee County
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kankakee County, Illinois
Türkçe: Kankakee County