According to a New York Times interactive map published today, food stamp utilization in Will County has increased 45% since 2007. The map can be viewed here , move your mouse over Will County to see the county's food stamp statistics. According to the map, Will County's food stamp statistics include:
Percentage on food stamps:
All people: 7%
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
federal legislation transferring Joliet Army Ammunition Plant land to the Forest Service in order to create Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
The Joliet Arsenal Ammunition Plant was created when the Federal Government told landowners living in the Arsenal's footprint their land would be sold to the government in order to create the ammunition plant that would produce bombs for the Allied effort.
This 1909 Map of Florence Township documents the farms and schools that were eventually sold to the Federal Government for the purpose of creating the Joliet Arsenal.
These newspaper clippings from 1941 record how much farmers were paid by the government for their land.
I recently had the opportunity to interview a man whose family's Florence Township-farm was sold to the government for the Arsenal. He remembers his family was told they had 30 days to leave. He remembered attending many farm sales in the Arsenal footprint, where farmers sold farm machinery they either no longer needed or did not want to transport.
He also remembered a self-proclaimed "lobbyist"
plan for the Village of Manhattan, Illinois contains many references to Midewin.