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Champaign County

Champaign County

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Champaign County is part of the Champaign–Urbana, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The twin cities of Urbana and Champaign are the only cities in the county, and they nearly surround the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Supported by the University of Illinois, through such backings like Research Park, and Champaign County leaders, the area has shown even more growth in information technology, micro/nanotechnology, bio-imaging, healthcare, logistics, distribution and agribusiness in recent years.

Champaign, IL

Champaign, IL

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Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state's fourth-most populous city outside the Chicago metropolitan area. It is included in the Champaign–Urbana metropolitan area.

There are 60 parks, 11 trails, and 14 facilities within the city of Champaign, totaling over 654 acres.

Champaign is notable for sharing the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with its sister city of Urbana.

Residents and visitors can enjoy the sports, museums, parks, arts, theaters, and libraries.

Located along Green Street, this commercial district serves as the entertainment and retail center for students at the University of Illinois and citizens of the Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area.

Ford County

Ford County

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The County of Ford, one of the largest employers in the county, has approximately 100 employees dedicated to the on-going service of the citizens of the county.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Ford County include Paxton Carnegie Public Library, Paxton Water Tower and Pump House, and Paxton First Schoolhouse.

Gibson City, IL

Gibson City, IL

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Gibson City is a city in Ford County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,407 at the 2010 census.

Nicknamed “The Big Little City

Current Mayor: Daniel Dickey

Gibson City is a thriving city in Ford County, Illinois, United States. The population was approximately 3,407 at the 2010 census. Located at the intersections of IL Routes 9, 47, and 54, Gibson city is an Agricultural industry based community. The current GCMS School District is a consolidation of the surrounding towns of Gibson City, Melvin, and Sibley.

The site of Gibson City was purchased and platted by Jonathan B. Lott in 1869. In 1870, Lott built a home and a post office there, and several stores and a grain elevator were constructed. Lott named the place Gibson after the maiden name of his wife, Margaret Gibson Lott, and City was added later by the post office department.

The Gilman, Clinton and Springfield Railroad and the Chicago and Paducah Railroad reached the town in 1871, allowing its population to grow. Gibson City was incorporated as a village in 1872. A third railroad, the Lafayette, Muncie and Bloomington Railroad, was built through Gibson City in 1874. In the same year, one of the railroads signed a contract that paid Augustana College, located in Paxton at the time, a commission of $1 per acre on all railroad land sold to Swedish settlers.

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