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Collection Overview

Title: Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission Records, 1960-1980

ID: RHC/RC/159

Extent: 5.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 12/08/1982

Subjects: Aurora (Ill.), Batavia (Ill.), Blackberry Center, Carpentersville (Ill.), Cook County (Ill.), Dundee (Ill.), DuPage County (Ill), Economic development., Elgin (Ill.), Flood control., Geneva (Ill.), Gilberts (Ill.), Hampshire (Ill.), Kane County (Ill), Kaneland (Ill.), Lake County (Ill), Land use, McHenry County (Ill), Montgomery (Ill.), Northeastern Illinois, Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Population, Railroad stations, Regional planning, Regional Transportation Authority, Roads, Sauk Village (Ill.), Sewage disposal., Sleepy Hollow (Ill.), Soil conservation, St. Charles (Ill.), Suburbs, Transportation, Valley View (Ill.), Water conservation, Wayne (Ill.), Wildrose Springs (Ill.), Will County (Ill)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission Records document efforts to solve major public problems in land, water, resource management, and economic development in the six county Chicago metropolitan area from 1960 to 1980.  This collection presents a rich resource for geographic, demographic, public policy, and environmental research in region and complements other records collections the Center holds.  This collection is especially strong in land use, water resources, and transportation development.

Three distinct records series may be found in the collection:  documents relating to the entire region, records from county planning agencies within the region, and studies undertaken by municipalities.  The first series is arranged by major problem areas (land, water, transportation) and contains many of the Commission’s annual reports.  The other two series are arranged by place name, alphabetically, then by subject of study.

Collection Historical Note

Planning on a regional scale began in northeastern Illinois as early as 1898.  Fatalities from typhoid and cholera by then had reached epidemic proportions in Chicago and nearby communities, the result of using Lake Michigan both for drinking water and sewage disposal. The regional solution was to create the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago to collect and treat the sewage and reverse the flow of the Chicago River.  

Regional planning of a broader scope began soon after in 1908, when Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett produced the famous Plan of Chicago.  The plan encompassed a region extending from Kenosha, Wisconsin to Michigan City, Indiana.  To Burnham and his backers in the Commercial Club we owe the Chicago lakefront parks, which occupy 25 miles of the city’s shoreline; the forest preserves along the river flood plains in suburban Cook County; the city’s system of parkways and arterial streets, all planning concepts which have become reality.  

In 1923, a group of business and civic leaders proposed forming a permanent regional planning office.  Sponsored by the City Club of Chicago, in 1925 the Chicago Regional Planning Association was established as a private non-profit corporation.  The Association’s area of concern consisted, surprisingly, of nine counties in Illinois, three in Wisconsin, and three in Indiana.  

The Association’s program was aimed toward coordinating existing plans and conducting studies.  For more than 30 years it assisted counties and municipalities with problems of street design, zoning, storm drainage, and subdivisions.  It prepared inventories of land use, industrial location, open space, and transportation, occasionally going beyond inventories to prepare regional plans.  

In the decade following World War II, the region’s suburban population doubled.  Almost all of this unprecedented growth occurred in subdivisions of single family homes on the peripheries of older cities and villages.  

In 1955 the Illinois General Assembly appointed a commission to study the problems arising from this growth.  The specific charge to the Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Area Local Governmental Services Commission, Rep. Paul J. Randolph (R-Chicago), Chairman, was to make a “thorough study and investigation of the problems incurred in the Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Area in adequately and economically supplying to the occupants of such area those services relating to public health, safety, welfare and convenience which are generally considered to be the responsibility of local government.”  

Representative Randolph sponsored a bill creating the Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission in 1957 to promote cooperation among hundreds of local governments in solving major growth problems: inadequate transportation, air pollution, disorderly land use, water supply problems, disappearing open space, and recurrent flooding are examples.  

The N.I.R.P.C. began operations in 1958 and serves over eight million people in the six county Chicago metropolitan area:  counties in the region are Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  Within the region there are over 300 municipalities and 1,000 governmental units.  Illinois Revised Statues, chapter 85, sections 1119 through 1121 provides the statutory base for the Commission and its work. (Taken from the N.I.R.P.C., Annual Report, 1975:  Fifty Years of Organized Regionalism, p. 4.)

Subject/Index Terms

Aurora (Ill.)
Batavia (Ill.)
Blackberry Center
Carpentersville (Ill.)
Cook County (Ill.)
Dundee (Ill.)
DuPage County (Ill)
Economic development.
Elgin (Ill.)
Flood control.
Geneva (Ill.)
Gilberts (Ill.)
Hampshire (Ill.)
Kane County (Ill)
Kaneland (Ill.)
Lake County (Ill)
Land use
McHenry County (Ill)
Montgomery (Ill.)
Northeastern Illinois
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
Railroad stations
Regional planning
Regional Transportation Authority
Sauk Village (Ill.)
Sewage disposal.
Sleepy Hollow (Ill.)
Soil conservation
St. Charles (Ill.)
Valley View (Ill.)
Water conservation
Wayne (Ill.)
Wildrose Springs (Ill.)
Will County (Ill)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Professor Richard Dahlberg

Acquisition Method: Professor Richard Dahlberg, Chair, N.I.U. Geography Department, donated the records of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission to the Regional History Center on December 8, l982.  Professor Dahlberg and the Center wish to express appreciation to the Kane County Development Office for its cooperation in supplying the records.

Related Materials: Researchers using this collection should be aware that the Center holds other collections which complement the N.I.R.P.C.  Records such as the Joliet Chamber of Commerce Records (RC l57); the Aurora League of Women Voters Records (RC 15l); the Geneva-St. Charles League of Women Voters Records (RC 149); Will, DuPage, and Kane County Farm Bureau Records (RC 76, 87, 94); various documents in the Center’s reference and vertical file manuscripts.

Other Note: Professor Dahlberg and the Center wish to express appreciation to the Kane County Development Office for its cooperation in supplying the records.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Regional Documents],
[Series II.: County Records],
[Series III.: City and Town Records],

Series III.: City and Town Records
Box 4
Folder 3: North Aurora Planning, 1967-1977
Folder 4-5: North Aurora Zoning, 1969, 1974
Folder 6: Aurora Zoning Ordinance, 1975
Folder 7: Aurora Resources Inventories, 1975-1978
Folder 8: Aurora Transportation, 1976
Folder 9: Aurora Zoning/Ordinances, 1972-1979
Folder 10: Aurora Transportation, 1970-1978
Folder 11: Batavia Planning, 1952-1977
Folder 12: Batavia Zoning/Ordinances, 1953-1975
Folder 13: Batavia Schools, 1968
Folder 14: Batavia Housing, 1971
Folder 15: Batavia Soils, 1962
Folder 16-17: Elgin Economic Development, 1958-1970
Folder 18: Elgin Zoning, 1969-1972
Folder 19: Elgin Parks, 1977
Folder 20: Elgin Planning, 1968-1978
Folder 21: Geneva Zoning, 1977
Folder 22: Geneva Development Policy, 1975
Box 5
Folder 1: Geneva Parks, 1968, 1980
Folder 2-3: St. Charles Planning, 1972-1980
Folder 4: St. Charles Zoning, 1963-1965
Folder 5: Carpentersville Annual Budget, 1974-1975
Folder 6: Carpentersville Comprehensive Plan, 1972-1973
Folder 7: Dundee Township Traffic Plan, 1976
Box 6
Folder 1: Dundee Township Park District, 1975
Folder 2: Dundee Development Review Manual, 1975
Folder 3: East Dundee Ordinances, 1972
Folder 4: East Dundee Master Plan, 1973
Folder 5: Village of Gilberts Regulations and Ordinance, 1969-1980
Folder 6: Village of Hampshire Municipal and Building Code, 1950-1974
Folder 7: Kaneland School Sites, 1973
Folder 8: Montgomery Zoning Ordinance, 1975
Folder 9: Montgomery Comprehensive Plan, 1973
Folder 10: Montgomery Interim Report, 1967
Folder 11: Sauk Village Fiscal Resources
Folder 12: Sleepy Hollow Comprehensive Plan, 1974
Folder 13: Valley View Master Plan, 1973
Folder 14: Wayne Zoning Ordinance, 1960
Folder 15: West Dundee Zoning Ordinance
Folder 16: West Dundee Master Plan, 1974
Folder 17: Wildrose Springs Development Plan, 1970

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Regional Documents],
[Series II.: County Records],
[Series III.: City and Town Records],

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