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Meet us in...Morton Illinois Pumpkin Capital of the World!

Look around Morton and be pleasantly surprised! Morton is bustling with activity, boasting its successes, and brimming with confidence. Its prospering business districts gleam with the improvements and beautification of redevelopment. New and expanded industries dot the city's industrial areas. Newly-built quality homes are plentiful. Symbolic of Morton's positive outlook is a newly renovated Main Street with decorative sidewalks, light fixtures, benches and plantings.

Morton is considered the "Pumpkin Capital of the World." This designation comes from being the home to Nestle Food Company's pumpkin processing plant where over 85% of the world's pumpkin is canned each Fall. Morton is also the home of the International Parts Distribution Center for Caterpillar, Inc. - a giant in the industries of earth moving equipment and diesel engines. Morton's location is among its strongest assets. The city stands at the intelsection of two major interstates (1-155 and 1-74), surrounded by rich and bountiful agricultural land. While Morton is near enough to the numerous amenities of both Peoria and Bloomington, IL to be advantaged by it, the community retains its strong local identity. Morton enjoys a convenience factor that encourages business, industry and residents to locate here. 26% of our country's population lives within a 500 mile radius of Morton. Sound municipal management over the years allows Morton to be virtually debt-free while still maintaining an environment services match needs.

The citys pride and tradition show in the beauty ot its parks, its churches, its businesses, and in its well-cared-for homes in wide-ranging size, style and age. Morton's neighborhoods are warm, inviting and safe.

Although filled with dynamic energy, Morton residents know how to relax. The community's famed Pumpkin Festival is a wonderful 4 day event for the entire family, annually attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors. The community and its surrounding area have everything necessary to the active life of everyone from toddlers to senior citizens. The area has fitness trails, swimming, leagues for almost any sport, golf courses, health clubs, indoor soccer, a roller rink and bowling centers.

All this explains why you'll feel right at home in Morton, Illinois. Come and see for yourself - we'd love to meet you.

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Location


History

About Morton... Our History Morton, Illinois is a community where you can experience the feeling of belonging in a quality, enduring communiry. Morton, home of the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival, is located in the Illinois River Valley. The residents of Morton enjoy the secure, congenial atmosphere of a small town, yet they are only minutes away from the amenities and cultural attractions of Peoria and Bloomington and only 2-1/2 hours by car from Chicago and St Louis.

The first settlers in Morton township, named for Governor Morton of Massachusetts, came from England, Ohio and New York during the period between 1830 and 1835. Another wave of home settlers - mostly of Swiss and Southern German heritage - came to Morton from 1860- 1875. The character of its inhabitants from the earliest times to the present has tended toward the conservative - people noted for their thrift, efficiency and economic stability.

The early estahlishment of industry, along with the exceedingly fertile farm land, gives Morton a dual base for support of its population, a benefit not generally shared by many communities.

General Information

County...................................................Tazewell

County Seat ................................................Pekin

Population ...............................................15,200

Telephone Area Code.........................................(309)

Zip Code....................................................61550

Local Sales Tax Rate .......................................6.25%

Illinois Representative District.............................89th

Representative, Jay Ackerman (R)

Illinois Senate District.....................................45th

Senator, Robert A. Madigan (R)

US. Congressional District.................................18th

Congressman, Ray Lahood (R)

U.S. Senators .............................Senator Paul Simon (D)

Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D)

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Homes

Homes Pride shows in the homes, yards and gardens in the Village of Morton. A sense of well being prevails. Homes have a comfortable look, suggesting a relaxed environment. A wide variety of housing styles and types are represented, from elegant single-family homes to apartment residences designed for senior citizens. Conveniently wide streets, handsome architect- designed modern homes, beautifully landscaped properties, and a sense of individual responsibility for the community are among the factors which make this central Illinois Village such a desirable place to live and work.

In older areas of the village quiet streets are lined with mature trees and delightful, well kept homes.

Throughout the community, condominiums are available including several new developments which provide freedom from the upkeep demands of home ownership. Apartment buildings and duplexes which provide comfortable rental space are also available.

Everywhere in the community, friendly neighbors add a special warmth to the feeling of coming home experienced by newcomers and long-tern residents, alike.

There are many new homes being built in or around Morton. Whatever the price range, making a real estate investment in Morton will generate a superior return on a home purchase.

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Education

Education Morton Unit School District 709: In every aspect and at every level of education, Morton Unit School District 709 aims at achieving academic excellence. As a result more than 85% of high school graduates pursue higher education opportunities. Students consistently perform well above average on local, state and national assessments. The average ACT - College Testing Program is 22.1 based on the 1994-95 school year.

Morton School District also provides additional vocational programs and a full range of student support services. Every school building has a library, staffed by a certified librarian, and a computer lab. All schools offer growth opportunities beyond the school day in music, art, athletics and other learning areas. The Junior High and High School have an array of extra-curricular programs providing all students an opportunity to excel.

Bethel Lutheran School: Bethel Lutheran School provides a quality Christian education along with a strong academic program. Enrollment is open to all who are interested in providing their children with an excellent education in an encouraging Christian setting. Classes are available for children from age three through grade seven. Classes for eigth grade will bc added in 1998.

Blessed Sacrament School: Blessed Sacrament is a unique religious community within an educational community that provides effective religious teaching and quality co-ed academic education to students in grades kindergarten through eight. This community includes students, parents, pastor, teachers, administrator, and commission on curriculum that will aid all students to develop spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.

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Morton Public Library

Morton Public Library Morton Public Library Morton Public Library has a number of services available for your information needs. The library has the following special services:

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Parks & Recreation

The Morton Park District maintains eight parks and offers programs for residents of all ages. The district is governed by an elected Board of Commissioners.

During the summer the district offers a variety of activities including: swimming lessons, tennis lessons, softball, aerobics, golf lessons, golf tournaments and other programs for children and adults.

Fall and winter programs include youth basketball, indoor soccer (held in The Soccer Forum, Central Illinois' largest indoor soccer facility), open recreation basketball, men's volleyball leagues, co-ed volleyball and aerobic exercise classes. Among new developments being planned is a bike trail from Detroit Avenue into East Peoria. The trail will be 2 miles in length connecting to over 4 miles of existing trail with future networking to access over 50 miles. The State of Illinois will provide 80 percent of the funding for the project.

The Morton Park District is a member of the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association. Participating organizations support the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing recreational activities in the least restrictive setting possible to people in their park districts. HISRA offers dance, fitness, arts, crafts, nature activities, golf, swimming, day camp, and softball. HISRA also offers a Leisure Resource Center, making available a resource library, information, referral and support services.

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Cultural Activities

The Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center which is currently under construction will provide a hometown setting especially designed for cultural events. It will serve as an extension of the educational opportunities available to Morton's young people.

As an educational resource, the Performing Arts Center will benefit every student in Morton. Music recitals, school plays, educational programs, and Christmas Pageants will have an audience in the Center.

As a cultural resource, the Performing Arts center will provide a comfortable setting for community cultural events, business training, seminars and lectures.

The approximately 450-seat auditorium will feature excellent acoustics, a sound room and a stage large enough to accommodate a full theatrical performance.

A large lobby for receptions and socials, a ticket office, dressing rooms and all of the other amenities of a state-of-the-art facility will be incorporated.

There are abundant cultural activities in close proximity to Morton. ¥ Morton Players ¥ Morton Civic Chorus ¥ Eastlight Theatre ¥ The Barn II Dinner Theatre ¥ Broadway Theater Series ¥ Corn Stock Theater ¥ Lakeview Museum of Arts & Science ¥ Peoria Area Civic Chorale ¥ Peoria Civic Ballet ¥ Peoria Civic Center ¥ Peoria Civic Opera ¥ Peoria Players ¥ Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Other points of interest are Botanical Gardens, Glen Oak Zoo, McGlothlin Petting Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Forest Park and its Nature Center and much more.

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Shopping

Morton offers a wide variety of shopping in several areas of the village.

On Main Street - Downtown offers: apparel, appliances, barber and beauty shops, bridal wear, candy, cellular service, cosmetics, crafts, embroidery service, financial services, floral, formal wear, framing, gifts, gourmet coffees, ice cream, jewelry, medical and professional services, office supplies, pets, pharmacy, photography, pottery, printing services, restaurants, spirits, travel services, video rental and more.

The Field Shopping Center and South Main Merchants offer: apparel, barber and beauty shop, books, candy, cards, convenience foods & snacks, craft supplies, dry cleaning, electronics, fabrics, financial services, gas, gifts, ice cream, medical supplies, medical and professional services, movie theater complex, new and used cars & trucks, optical services, outdoor equipment, pet grooming, quilt and sewing supplies, restaurants, spirits, variety stores, video rental, and more.

The Morton Plaza on Jackson St. offers: banking, beauty shop, candy, cards, dry cleaning, gifts, groceries, pharmacy, restaurants, travel services, variety stores, women's clothing, and more.

In addition to our 3 shopping centers, you'll find a variety of quality retail, medical and professional businesses primarily located along Detroit Street, Jackson Street, Jefferson Street, Main Street, and North Morton Avenue.

We encourage you to "Shop Morton." Most of the products and services you may need are available right in Morton. Your support of our members and local businesses allows them to expand their products and services. It also allows for continuation and improvement of Village services, such as streets, schools, fire and police protection via the tax revenues generated by your purchases.

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