The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce membership, which numbers nearly 250, is comprised of business organizations, professional groups, governmental units/ and interested individuals. We are a nonprofit volunteer organization, operating on a budget that comes from a combination of membership dues and Chamber projects.

The Chamber leadership comes from a Board of Directors. The 15 board members are elected by the membership to establish policy, control the budget, and hire and direct the staff. The day-to-day operations of the Chamber are the responsibility of the Chamber staff, which consists of an executive director and office manager.

We are business and professional people working together as a unit to encourage business and economic growth, along with civic improvements that benefit everyone in the Canton area. We have a vested interest to work with all levels of government to maintain an atmosphere conducive to investing, marketing, and residing in our community.

Our membership is a true cross-section of the business community, ranging from the sole proprietorships to the largest companies in the area. Our members find common ground in the Chamber Mission and they enjoy the opportunities for the positive interaction with customers, prospects, suppliers, and competitors. Chamber activities provide a pleasant mix of business and social events that foster the expansion of their markets and contacts.

When you see a business displaying a Canton Area Chamber of Commerce membership certificate, you will know you are dealing with people who chose to take that extra step.

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Welcome to the City of Canton. Large enough to offer outstanding schools, parks, activities and shopping...Small enough to be safe, clean and filled with friendly people who care... and share.

Canton, founded in 1825, occupies 4.5 square miles of prairie land in west central Illinois between the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The location is on a military tract which had been chosen by the federal government as the finest land in the nation, to be awarded to its soldiers following the War of 1812. The city lies nine miles west of the Illinois River and halfway between St. Louis and Chicago. It is 30 miles southwest of Peoria.

The largest city in Fulton County, it is the commercial and trading center of an area containing some 40,000 residents. The city has more than 6,000 homes excellent schools, an outstanding park system, a hospital with nearly 77 beds, two well-equipped clinics, a mental health center, a community college, and many other features.

Visitors marvel at the unique balance in this friendly neighborhood. Through prosperous and difficult times alike, Canton has held on to the traditions and community spirit which make everyone feel welcome. The Home Town for Everyone attitude is present everywhere, from the quaint downtown shopping area to our state-of-the-art community college.

Some 14,000 people call Canton home. Homes of every kind are available to fit our many families. From the older, historic houses, to the newest homes, to apartments with special services for its residents, there is something for everyone. Our community offers a unique combination of amenities and advantages unlike any other Discover a hometown community of warm, friendly people. We want to share the benefits of living in Canton, Illinois.

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Access to and from Canton is served by Illinois Route 9 and Route 78. U.S. Route 24 passes eight miles east on Route 9 and ten miles south on Route 78.Senior citizens are provided transportation by the American Red Cross.

Excellent rail freight service is provided to Canton by two railroads. The Toledo and Peoria & Western Railroad operates over 240 miles of east west tracks for direct connections with 14 other railroads. Its major advantage to shippers is that east-west shipping can by pass the crowded railroad terminals such as Chicago and St. Louis. Because of its uninterrupted and frequent schedules and integration with the Santa Fe and Penn Central Railroad systems, the T. P. & W. furnishes the most efficient cross country railroad transportation.

Canton is located on the Burlington.Northern Railroad's main line between Minneapolis and St. Louis. It makes connections available with all other railroads for efficient freight service anywhere in the U.S. There is daily carload service into and out of Canton with switching facilities available to all industries located in the Burlington Line. 30 miles distance from Canton. provides added convenient railway passenger and freight facilities as a terminal for ten railroads. Canton's airport, Ingersoll Airport, is located three miles west of the city. It has lighted east - west and north - south, bituminous asphalt surface runways. There are four hangers with 29 aircraft capacity. The all-weather airport is operational 24 hours per day and has special equipment consisting of complete medium intensity lighting, lighted segment circle, lighted wind cone. VASI equipment, lighted beacon and one -directional beacon.

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Canton homes accommodate a wide spectrum of price ranges to satisfy a variety of lifestyles. From modest single family houses and apartments to luxurious condominiums, one will find a diverse mixture of homes . Architectural styles run the gamut: early American, traditional, contemporary and modern. Residential streets are quite and yet nourish the lifeblood of the community, our residents. Lifestyles are varied,and Canton citizens pride themselves on good clean values and genuine concern about our community and neighbors.

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Convenience and personalized service are the hallmarks of shopping and services in a small town Canton is no exception. Many times customers are greeted by name, and most of the time the owner of the business is there to help. Throughout the year, many area merchants host a variety of events which give the different shopping areas a distinctive identity. One of the more popular events is our annual Ghost and Goblin Night. This is a wonderful evening of fun and excitement for the youth of our community. On the evening before Halloween, businesses open their doors to the children and provide goodies for one and all. Services such as banking, dry cleaning and beauty shops are convenient and readily available throughout the town.

Our downtown features many fine shops with a variety of specialties. Several additional retail areas add to products and services available.

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Canton's park system consists of nine parks with 735 acres devoted to recreation and relaxation, featuring a year-round program operated by the Park District. The Park District has developed 449 acres known as Lakeland Park, a strip-mined area that has been reclaimed for recreation. There are four lakes varying in size from 38.2 acres to half an acre. Boating on the lake is limited to electric and row boats. Three platforms overlook the lake for conservationist who wish to watch the large migratory bird population. A ranger station is located on the site for fishing licenses. The pavilion can accommodate more than 100 persons. The park also has restroom facilities, a picnic area and trails for hiking and bicycling. Big Creek Park is a natural, wooded tract of 450 acres with scenic drives, large picnic area, shelter house, playgrounds, and eight tennis courts (four of which are lighted). Athletic Park, adjacent to the high school, is equipped with four sand volleyball courts, several softball diamonds and a baseball diamond with covered

the areas of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Pre-Professional Fields, and Career Education. Spoon River College offers general studies including preparatory or development instruction, adult basic education and general education; community education, including non-credit adult continuing education classes; public service activities, and a full range of student services. The Canton Campus consists of 160 acres, four major buildings and a beautiful, serene arboretum. The College also has attendance centers located in Havana, Rushville, and Macomb. The entire service area covers approximately 1,500 ~ _ Knox Counties containing approximately 88,000 people.

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Canton has a twin cinema theater with total seating for 500, a senior high school that will seat 1,000 and a centrally located Ingersoll Gymnasium which seats 3,500 and is available to school or civic groups for sporting events or other entertainment. The high school football stadium seats more than 2,000 and has excellent lighting for night games and other events. There are two bowling alleys with a total of 42 lanes and one roller skating rink. The Playhouse Barn Theatre with a seating capacity of 200 boasts four productions each season drawing on fine talent throughout the community.

There are 28 churches in Canton supported by 16 denominations. Most of the churches have experienced a recent growth in the last few years. Several congregations have erected new houses of worship, built additions or remodeled older buildings. Religion is deeply rooted in the lives of the great majority of Canton residents.

More than 100 civic, fraternal al~d social organizations and service and cultural clubs provide ample opportunities for involvement and perform many services for the community, making Canton a very desirable place to live and raise a family. Canton's Parlin Public Library is one of the most beautifully designed libraries in the state. An endowment adequately supports the library, without need of public taxation, and enables it to carry a constantly increasing number of volumes.

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Canton has an excellent school system maintaining a high accredited standing with Illinois and out-of state institutions of higher learning. Spoon River College, a community college, operates on a beautiful campus three miles southwest of Canton. LaMont's Intentional Beauty Academy, a fully-accredited school of beauty culture and cosmetology, is located in the central business district. In addition, there is an outstanding diploma nurses educational program with the Graham Hospital Association of Nursing.

The City is served by Canton Union School District No. 66, with an enrollment of over 2,860 students who are served by 187 certified personnel and approximately 164 classified employees. The school cafeterias serve an average of 385,000 lunches served annually. Students are transported to and from school in a fleet of 22 buses and vans.

Within District No. 66 are three elementary schools (K-4), two of which were constructed in 1975-77, one middle school (5-8) and Canton High School, which was expanded in the mid 1970's. There is also one special education school with instructions for all levels.

As a comprehensive institution, Spoon River College is dedicated to providing the first two years of baccalaureate degree education. Studies can be completed in the areas of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Pre-Professional Fields, and Career Education. Spoon River College offers general studies including preparatory or development instruction, adult basic education and general education; community education, including non-credit adult continuing education classes; public service activities, and a full range of student services.

The Canton Campus consists of 160 acres, four major buildings and a beautiful, serene arboretum. The College also has attendance centers located in Havana, Rushville, and Macomb. The entire service area covers approximately 1,500 square miles of Fulton County and parts of Mason, McDonough, Schuyler and Knox Counties containing approximately 88,000 people.

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Canton is fortunate in having very capable and dedicated men and women in the medical and dental professions. Graham Hospital Association operates a 77-bed hospital and an outstanding graduate nurses educational program in the Graham Hospital Association School of Nursing. With a medical staff of 40 physicians, the hospital also serves as a local Trauma Center.

Graham Hospital continues to serve the Fulton County community as the Primary Care Facility. The excellent medical and nursing staff strive for the high level of care needed to ensure the health of the community through prompt emergency care, quality acute and long-term care, and up-to-date outpatient programs. The Fulton County Ambulance is a full ambulance service which is maintained locally for emergency and transporting situations.

The Community Mental Health Center of Fulton & McDonough Counties, adjacent to Graham Hospital, provides both inpatient and outpatient treatment. It also provides a 24-hour emergency service as well as professional community education and consultation on mental health problems.

The Fulton County Rehabilitation Center, Inc., operates facilities for the handicapped in Canton. The rehabilitation services are for all ages. On the job training is for 16 years and oldest The training in food service, dock and material handling, janitorial and production skills provides opportunities to work, earn money and enhance the self esteem and worthiness of the individual. Another service offered by the Center to the general public is vocational evaluation. F.C.R.C., Inc. serves the physically and mentally handicapped of Fulton County, through the 0-3 Children's Program, Developmental Training and Regular Work. The Fulton County Health Department operates a full range of health services from its Canton office. Some of the programs offered are well children clinics, health screening clinics, senior citizen services, environmental health services, utility assistance programs and community service programs. The Health Department has been providing services to residents for over 40 years.

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