Buildings in downtown Streator
|Official name: Streator, Illinois|
|Named for: Dr. Worthy S. Streator|
|Motto: Quiet Surprise on the Prairie|
|Townships||Bruce, Eagle, Otter Creek, Reading|
|Elevation||620 ft (189 m)|
|Area||5.8 sq mi (15 km²)|
|- land||5.8 sq mi (15 km²)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km²)|
|Density||2,460.6 / sq mi (950 / km²)|
|- Incorporated (city)||1868|
|Mayor||Jimmie Lansford (acting Mayor)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code||815, 779|
|GNIS feature ID||419214 |
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Streator ( //) is a city in LaSalle and partially in Livingston counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The city is situated on the Vermilion River approximately 81 miles (130 km) southwest of Chicago, Illinois in the prairie and farm land of north-central Illinois. It is the center of the geographic region known as Streatorland. According to the 2010 census, the population of Streator was 13,710 people.
Streator was named for Dr. Worthy S. Streator, an Ohio industrialist who financed the region's first coal mining operation. It was founded in 1868 and incorporated as a city in 1882 when Col. Ralph Plumb was elected as its first mayor. Streator's early growth was due to its success as a coal producer, a major glass manufacturer and a railroad hub in the midwest. Today Streator's economy is led by heavy-equipment manufacturer Vactor, food distributor U.S. Foodservice and glass bottle manufacturer Owens-Illinois.
The city is the hometown of Clyde Tombaugh, who in 1930 discovered the dwarf planet Pluto, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified as the Kuiper Belt; and George "Honey Boy" Evans, who wrote "In the Good Old Summer Time." Streator hosts annual events including Streator Park Fest; an Independence Day celebration, the Roamer Cruise Night and the Light Up Streator celebration. Streator is governed by a Manager–council style of government. It maintains police and fire departments as well as a public works system. Its current mayor is Jimmie Lansford.
Settlement in the region began with the Kaskaskia tribe of the Illiniwek Confederation. This native American tribe's Grand Village was located on the north bank of the Illinois River in nearby Utica, Illinois. The Kaskaskia "were hunters and gatherers, farmers, warriors and traders." The Illiniwek were the last remnants of the Mississippian culture. French explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to enter this region during a visit to the Grand Village in 1673. Marquette established a mission at the village in 1675. In 1679, French explorer Robert de LaSalle ordered a fortification to be built at the site that was later known as Starved Rock. Later that year Iroquois attacked the Kaskaskia village dispersing the 8,000 villagers. The French and local tribes again fortified the village and created Fort St. Louis, but the Iroqouis continued to attack. The settlement was eventually abandoned by 1691. In the years after the initial exploration, the French settled their newly-claimed territory as La Louisiane. During much of the 18th century the region was sparsely populated by French, British and American fur traders. The French ceded control to the British at the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. After the American Revolutionary War the region became known as the Illinois Territory until Illinois achieved statehood on December 3, 1818. The city of Chicago served as the main impetus of growth in the area throughout the early 19th century, and more importantly to the region around Streator was the development of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1821. This canal connected Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, greatly increasing shipping traffic in the region. Land speculation in areas lining the canal and rivers ensued and towns sprouted quickly. Individual settlements in the Bruce Township region started as early as 1821. In 1861 John O'Neil established the first settlement in what was to become the city of Streator when he opened a small grocery and trading business.:323
Coal and cityhoodEdit
Streator began with coal. Vast beds of coal lie just beneath the surface throughout much of Illinois. The demand for coal was increasing in the mid-19th century, and East Coast capitalists were willing to invest in this region. The area was originally known as Hardscrabble, "because it was a hard scrabble to cross the Vermilion River and get up the hill to where the town was first located". The town was renamed Unionville in honor of the local men who fought for the Union during the Civil War.
In 1866 Dr. Worthy S. Streator, a prominent railroad promoter from Cleveland, Ohio, financed the region's first mining operation. Streator approached his nephew Col. Ralph Plumb at a railway station in Dec. 1865 about overseeing a mining operation in central Illinois for him and several investors. Colonel Plumb agreed and arrived in the town then called Hardscrabble in Feb. 1866. Success of the project required a rail line near the mines. Plumb and Streator "invited" Streator's friend, then Ohio Congressman James A. Garfield to sign on as an investor. In return, Garfield was expected to work with Robert C. Schenck, then the president of the American Central railroad, in getting the railroad to "bend their lines" to Streator. Eventually the plan did not work. The Vermilion Company then made arrangements with the Fox River line for their needed rail service. 
Included in Col. Plumb's duties were overseeing the platting and incorporation of the quickly growing area. The town was founded in 1868 and incorporated as a city in 1882. Plumb served as Streator's first mayor serving two terms. Plumb's mark on the early development of Streator was notable. The main hotel and the local opera house bore his name. He financed the construction of the city's first high school. Earlier in his life he served as an Ohio state representative and as an officer in the Union Army. Later in life he served Illinois as a representative in Congress.
Streator grew rapidly due to a number of factors: the need for coal in Chicago, the desire of European immigrants to come to America, and the investments made by East Coast capitalists willing to invest in coal operations. Plumb needed laborers for his mines, but the Vermilion Coal Company was unable to afford European employment agents. Instead, it alerted steamship offices of the new job opportunities and convinced local railroads to carry notices of Streator's promise. Land was sold to incoming miners at discounted prices as another enticement, but the company retained mineral rights to the land. In 1870, Streator's population was 1,486, but by 1880 its population tripled. Scottish, English, Welsh, German and Irish immigrants came to the area first, followed later by scores of mostly Slovaks; Czechs, Austrians and Hungarians came in lesser numbers. Today many of the residents are direct descendants of these original miners.
The success of the local mining operations and the introduction of the new glass making industry allowed for improvements in the living conditions and personal wealth of its miners and laborers. An 1884 survey by the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 20 percent of Streator's miners owned their houses.:91 Labor movements like the Miners National Association and the United Mine Workers of America began to flourish, as did ethnic churches and social institutions such as the Masons and Knights of Pythias.:89 In his 1877 History of LaSalle County, author H.F. Kett states:
Perhaps no city...in Illinois, outside of the great city of Chicago, presents an instance of such rapid and substantial growth as the city of Streator. From a single small grocery house... the locality has grown to be a city of 6,000 prosperous and intelligent people. Churches, school-houses, large, substantial business houses and handsome residences, with elegant grounds and surroundings, now beautify the waste of ten years ago, while the hum of machinery and thronged streets are unmistakable evidences of business importance and prosperity.:323
In addition to coal, the area around Streator contained rich clay and shale, which gave rise to Streator's brick, tile and pipe industries. In time, these supplanted coal as Streator's leading exports, but Streator was best known for its glass bottle industry. In the early 20th century Streator held the title of "Glass Manufacturing Capital of the World." Streator continued to flourish for much of the early 20th century. Ultimately the demand for coal was replaced with the growing needs for gas and oil. Many of the underground mines in Streator closed during the 1920s. The last of the mines shut down in 1958. While other areas of LaSalle County continued to grow, Streator's population peaked at about 17,000 residents in 1960 and has since declined. Many of the original downtown buildings have been demolished, but few have been replaced. Another reason for static growth in Streator is its distance from any major Interstate Highway. When the federal highway system started in the 1950s and 1960s no interstate was built near the city. Streator is 23 miles (37.0 km) from Interstate 55, 16 miles (25.8 km) from Interstate 80 and Interstate 39.
2007 Comprehensive planEdit
Streator and the North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG) finalized the Streator Comprehensive Plan in February 2007. The plan if approved is a roadmap for civic, transportation, housing, commercial and recreational improvements in the city through 2027.
Topography and geologyEdit
Streator lies within the Vermilion River/Illinois River Basin Assessment Area (VRAA) defined by the watershed of the Vermilion River, a major tributary to the Illinois River in Central Illinois, an area of mostly flat prairie. The topography of the basin is a complex collection of buried valleys, lowlands and uplands carved by repeated episodes of continental glaciation.
Underneath the topsoil, the region's bedrock contains vast amounts of coal.:14 About 68% of Illinois has coal-bearing strata of the Pennsylvanian geologic period. According to the Illinois State Geological Survey, 211 billion tons of bituminous coal are estimated to lie under the surface, having a total heating value greater than the estimated oil deposits in the Arabian Peninsula. However, this coal has a high sulfur content, which causes acid rain. Streator's coal mining history closely parallels Illinois', with a great push in coal production from 1866 until the 1920s, when many of the mines closed. The low-sulfur coal of the Powder River Basin and the growing demands for oil caused a decline in demand for Streator's high-sulfur coal.
The St. Peter sandstone is an Ordovician formation in the Chazyan stage of the Champlainian series. This layer runs east-west from Illinois to South Dakota. The stone consists of 99.44% silica, which is used for the manufacture of glass. Its purity is especially important to glassmakers. Streator, which lies within the St. Peter sandstone formation, has mined this mineral since the late 19th century for use in its glass manufacturing industries.:228
|Climate data for Streator, IL|
|Average high °F (°C)||30|
|Average low °F (°C)||12|
|Precipitation inches (cm)||1.45|
|Source: Illinois State Climatologist Data |
Streator has a continental climate, influenced by the Great Lakes. Its average winter temperature is 25.0 °F (-3.89 °C) and its average summer temperature is 75.0 °F (23.88 °C). Streator has an average annual rainfall of 34.68 in (88.08 cm), with an annual snowfall of 22.0 in (55.88 cm). The highest temperature recorded in Streator was 112 °F in July, 1936. The lowest temperature recorded was -25 °F in January, 1985.
Approximately 8:50 PM (CST) on June 5, 2010 an EF2 tornado swept through southern Streator. The tornado initially touched down east of Magnolia, Illinois, causing EF0 and EF1 damage as it traveled east. EF2 damage began as the tornado passed E 15th Road. No fatalities were reported, but there were reports of leveled houses, and extensive damage throughout the area. The National Weather Service reported that there were two tornadoes. The second was reported to have touched down 1 mile west of Streator, with a base of 50 feet. In a press conference the following day, Streator mayor Jimmie Lansford reported that there were no fatalities. Seventeen people were treated and released at St. Mary's Hospital, and thirty-three people were treated by emergency personnel onsite. Lansford stated that thirty structures were destroyed, including Engle Lane Theater, and many more were damaged. 1,800 homes were still without electricity and the Red Cross and Salvation Army had set up operations at the Streator Armory to assist those affected by the tornado. The La Salle County Assessor's office later determined there were 205 homes affected.
On June 14, 2010 the Chicago White Sox baseball club announced that they were donating $5000.00 to Streator Youth Baseball to help rebuild the Streator Southside Baseball Diamonds which were destroyed by the tornado.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,190 people, 5,746 households, and 3,660 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,460.6 people per square mile (949.5/km²). There were 6,176 housing units at an average density of 1,071.0 per square mile (413.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.28% White, 2.06% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.64% of the population.
There were 5,746 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,868, and the median income for a family was $43,774. Males had a median income of $34,932 versus $20,994 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,650. About 8.3% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Streator is a principal city of the Ottawa–Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area, which was the ninth-most populous Micropolitan Statistical Area in the United States as of 2007. The small Livingston County portion of Streator is part of the Pontiac Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Historically, the population of LaSalle County has increased 75% between 1870 and 1990, while the statewide population has grown 350%.:1-3
Streator's economic history has been tied with its natural resources. Coal was the initial catalyst of the city's economy from 1866 until the late 1920s. As the community matured, silica deposits provided the resource for Streator's next industry leader: glass-container manufacturing.:248 While the coal industry eventually died, glass manufacturing remains a presence in Streator. Agriculture and related agri-business in the farmlands of LaSalle County and nearby Livingston County are also a strong influence in Streator's economic engine. Though manufacturing provides the greatest share of earnings, the service industry now accounts for the largest share of jobs.
Coal production in LaSalle County and Illinois peaked in the 1910s. Wyoming's Powder River Basin coal reserves, which contains a much lower sulphur content reserves were discovered in 1889, with full scale mining beginning in the 1920s.
Glass making and, more specifically, glass blowing was a highly skilled craft. Most of America's glass blowers came from Europe, or were trained there. Many of Streator's immigrant coal miners were trained in glass blowing. High-grade silica, the main ingredient in glass was in abundance in the Streator region and nearby Ottawa. The combination of silica, coal to fire the furnaces and skilled craftsmen were a perfect match for Streator's second major industry which began in 1887 with the Streator Bottle and Glass Company. Other companies like Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Corp (later Anchor Glass Containers) which began manufacturing milk bottles in 1909, the American Bottle Company in 1905, the Streator Cathedral Glass Company in 1890, Owens-Illinois and others soon followed. Through the 20th century Streator was known as the "Glass Container Capital of the World."
Three of Streator's largest companies are some of its longest lasting companies. Vactor Manufacturing began in 1911 as the Myers-Sherman Company, manufacturing milking machines and conveyors for the agricultural industry. In the 1960s Myers-Sherman patented a sewer cleaning vehicle for the municipal public works market. The company was renamed Vactor when it became a subsidiary of the Federal Signal Corporation They are the world's leading producer of heavy-duty sewer cleaning equipment. They are the second largest employer in Streator with 530 employees.
Owens-Illinois' Streator plant produces Duraglas XL(TM) bottles; a lightweight, stronger beer bottle for the Miller Brewing Company. Owens Bottle Company opened in Streator in 1916. Production peaked in the 1960s with 3,500 employees working in its 68-acre (280,000 m2) facility. Today it is Streator's fifth-largest employer, with 210 employees. In 2006, the plant was honored by the Miller Brewing Company for producing 650 million bottles for the brewer.
St. Mary's Hospital is the city's largest employer with 550 employees. Founded in 1886 by the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, this 251 bed hospital serves Streator and its outlying areas.
Streator was briefly home to the Erie Motor Carriage Company (which became Barley Motor Car Co.). Burt Baskin, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlours was born in Streator. Current products of Streator include building and paving brick, milk and soda water bottles, auto parts, banana crates, sewer pipe, clothing, drain tile, washing machines, auto truck dump bodies, and hydraulic hoists. Its major agricultural crops include corn and soybeans.
Arts, culture and mediaEdit
Streator's parks and events reflect its heritage and prairie locale. A number of its residents have distinguished themselves in the arts world:
Artist Charles Turzak was born in Streator in 1899. A multi-faceted artist, he was known for a number of depression-era WPA works and a woodblock piece that was featured at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.
Flutist, Doriot Anthony Dwyer was born in Streator in 1922. She became the first woman ever to be named Principal Chair of a major US Orchestra, when she was awarded that position by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1952.:60
Country fiddle player and Streator native Billy Armstrong was named by the Academy of Country Music as Fiddle Player of the Year 13 years in a row from 1965-1977. Armstrong toured with Tex Williams and the Sons of the Pioneers during his career.
Edward "Cousin Ed" Nowotarski was a local policeman and radio announcer. Nowotarski was known throughout the Streatorland area for his "Cousin Ed Polka Program", which ran for over 30 years on radio station WIZZ.
ArtsEditMajestic Theatre, an art deco style movie house, originally opened in 1907 as a vaudeville house. It has gone through many changes, openings, and closings throughout its history, having most recently reopened in 2002. The Majestic shows recently-released movies as well as hosting live musical acts.
Museums and historical buildingsEdit
The Streatorland Historical Society Museum houses displays of Streator history and memorabilia of some of its famous citizens. One of the displays is a tribute to the Free Canteen. The Canteen was a group of local volunteers who served over 1.5 million soldiers during World War II who briefly stopped at the city's old Santa Fe Train Depot while traveling by troop trains. Other features include a homemade telescope used by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh and a Burlington Northern caboose rail car.
During World War II the Streator Santa Fe Train Depot was a busy way-station for millions of soldiers and sailors who passed through the town on the way to or from training for the war. Beginning in 1943, the Streator Parents Service Club, a group of parents of veterans of the war, created the Streator Free Canteen. The volunteers handed out sandwiches and coffee and presented a friendly face to the servicemen during their stopover in Streator. During the 2-1/2 years that the canteen operated, volunteers hosted over 1.5 million servicemen and women. Thirty other service groups from Streator joined to assist the Parents Service Club as well as 43 other organizations throughout the central-Illinois region. On Veterans Day, November 10, 2006 a bronze statue commemorating the "Coffee Pot Ladies" of Streator was dedicated at the Santa Fe Railroad Station.
The Streator Public Library was made possible with a $35,000 a grant from Andrew Carnegie. With its two-story high domed ceiling, Ionic columns and oak staircases, it was considered too extravagant by critics when it opened in 1903. The Library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The Ruffin Drew Fletcher House located on East Broadway Street is an example of Stick style architecture. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 1991. The Silas Williams House is a Queen Anne style home built in 1893. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1976. Founded in 1883, St. Stephens Catholic Church was the first Slovak Catholic church in the United States. In September 2010, the four Roman Catholic churches in Streator were consolidated into one new parish named St. Michael the Archangel. Currently all masses are conducted at St. Stephen's Church and discussions are continuing to decide if a new church will be built or if one of the existing churches will be rebuilt.
Among Streator's other notable buildings are the ornate Bauhaus-inspired National Guard Armory near the Vermilion River and the town's turn-of-the-20th-century City Hall on Park Street(now a business). These facilities are accessible to the public, with some limitations. Streator is also home to many private residences of significant historical interest and value, including the Kennedy Home on Pleasant Avenue.
"Arts On The Prairie" is an annual outdoors arts fair held at the end of September in Streator's City Park.
Streator is a designated stop each year in the annual "Heritage Tractor Adventure" along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. This three-day tractor ride/rally attracts hundreds of antique tractor owners.
"Roamer Cruise Night" is an annual cruise / car show held on Labor Day weekend in the downtown district that attracts over 600 cars and 18,000 attendees. Special features of the Cruise Night include a display of a Roamer which was built at a factory in Streator in 1917.
The annual Fourth of July celebration runs for over four days with events throughout the city, with most of the events held in City Park (the main public park in the downtown Streator area); the park-based events include a carnival, 5K run and a lip sync contest. Other Fourth of July events include the annual parade which runs through downtown and the fireworks display which is held at Streator High School.
Streator also has an annual event called Light Up Streator held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Light Up Streator is a group of volunteers who place holiday decorations throughout the Streator area, most notably in City Park.
Streator has one daily newspaper, the The Times, and one weekly, The Streator Voice. The daily paper, published by the Small Newspaper Group Inc., in nearby Ottawa, provides the local news for the Ottawa-Streator micropolitan area. Streator's original daily, The Times-Press News merged with the Ottawa Daily Times in 2005. Television broadcasts are provided by stations in nearby Bloomington and Peoria. Local cable providers also air Chicago stations. Streator has three local radio stations: WSPL 1250 AM, which has a news/talk format, WSTQ 97.7 FM, which has a contemporary pop format and WYYS 106.1 FM, which broadcasts a classic hits format. The three stations are owned by the Mendota Broadcast Group, Inc.
Parks and recreationEdit
The city of Streator maintains eight local parks and one public golf course.
Spring Lake Park is a 37.2-acre (151,000 m2) city-owned park 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Streator. The park has two creeks, waterfalls and six trails. It offers hiking, horseback riding and picnicking. In September 2008, Spring Lake Park received the Governor's Hometown Award from the state of Illinois in recognition of its volunteer-led restoration project.
The main park in Streator's downtown area is Streator City Park; a section of City Park called Veterans Plaza contains memorials bearing the names of citizens who gave their lives for their country in the Civil War and in later wars. City Park is the site of annual events including Streator Park Fest (successor to Heritage Days), held on Memorial Day weekend; the Art in the Park festival; the Roamer Cruise Night, held on Labor Day weekend; and the annual Light Up Streator celebration and display held each November. Patriotic observances use the park's Veterans Plaza on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The park is also the site of a weekly farmers market, as well as other events including concerts performed behind the World War II memorial of the Veterans Plaza.
Other city parks in Streator include Oakland Park, Central Park, Bodznick Park, Marilla Park, Merriner Park, and Southside Athletic Park.
Organized local sport activities include the Youth football league, American Youth Soccer Organization, Little League Baseball and American Legion Baseball. The Streator High School "Bulldogs" and Woodland High School "Warriors" participate in the NCIC (Reagan Division) and the Tri-County Conferences, respectively, which are part of the Illinois High School Association. Local golf is played at the city owned Anderson Field Municipal Golf Course and the Streator Country Club.
Streator was represented in the Illinois-Missouri League, an American minor league baseball league, from 1912 through 1914. The Streator Speedboys had a record of 45-65 and finished last in 1912. In 1913, The Streator Boosters were in fourth place with a 30-57 record, and in 1914 the Boosters had a record of 40-48, again finishing in fourth place. The Streator Boosters competed in the Bi-State League in 1915. When the league disbanded in the middle of the season, the Streator Boosters were in first place with a record of 30 wins and 18 losses.
In 2008, the Streator Reds, an age 16-and-under team, won the Senior League Illinois State Tournament defeating the team from Burbank, Illinois. The Reds then qualified for the Senior League Regional Tournament in Columbia, Missouri, where they were eliminated in the first round with a 2-2 record.
Three local residents have had notable success in professional sports. Doug Dieken played 14 seasons for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League from 1971-1984. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1980, and named a "Cleveland Brown Legend" by the team in 2006. He serves as a color commentator on Browns radio broadcasts. Bob Tattersall was known as the "King of Midget Car Racing" in the 1950s and 1960s. Also, in 2009, Clay Zavada, made his professional debut as a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Streator 10 Year old All-Stars took home a Little League State Championship in Utica in 2002 versus Chicago. Members of that team included, Tom Segovich, Reese Nicklin, Connor Armstrong, Drew Sabol, Blake Baker, Brandon Loudenback, Ryan Manypenny, Tyler Wargo, Tyler Brown, Vince Siebert, Gunthar Libby, and Tanner Snyder. A recount of the game can be found here. http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=246026&query=streator%20state%20champions%202002%20little%20league
Streator Zips 16 and under baseball team has won the Illinois Mickey Mantle State Championship three different times: 1994, 2003, 2004. Notable players: Brooks Martin, Will Gaff, Eric Peterson, Donny Phillis, Ryne Nicklin, Chris Akin, Max Salata, Jake Hollinsaid, Mitch McMeen.
Outdoor recreation activities in the Streator area primarily center around the Vermilion River and nearby state parks. Fishing, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities along the Vermilion River. Matthiessen State Park and Starved Rock State Park offer hiking, hunting, camping and other amenities in their geologically diverse areas.
Law and governmentEdit
The city operates under a City Manager form of government. Elected officials include its acting mayor, Jimmie Lansford and the four members of the city council; Edward Benner, Bruce Hart, Ed Brozak and Robert Williamson who meet monthly. The Streator Police Department is headquartered in City Hall. The first chief of police was Martin Malloy (1840–1911). Led by Chief of Police, Jeffrey Anderson, the department has a staff of 19 patrol officers, 1 school resource officer, 3 investigators, and 1 administrative assistant who oversee the city's law enforcement operations. The Streator 911 Center is also housed in the police department being overseen by Coordinator Deb Hallam and staffed by 7 dispatchers. The center is managed by an Emergency Telephone Systems Board. The Streator Fire Department is headed by Chief Tom Risley and serviced by a staff of twenty firefighters. Firefighters work a traditional 24 on/48 off schedule. Streator's Public Works Department oversees the maintenance and operation of the city's public infrastructure including roadways, sanitation, parks and fleet.
The unincorporated portions of South Streator are served by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in Pontiac. The unincorporated portions of Otter Creek and Eagle Townships in LaSalle County are served by LaSalle County Sheriff's Office in Ottawa. Fire protection services for unincorporated portions of Streator are provided by Reading Township Fire Department in the south, east and west. Grand Ridge Fire Department covers fire services for the northern unincorporated areas.
Streator is served in the US House of Representatives by District 11 representative, Adam Kinzinger. The city is served in the Illinois Senate by District 38 State Senator Sue Rezin and in the Illinois House of Representatives by District 76 representative Frank J. Mautino.
Streator is home to A Company/405th Brigade Support Battalion of the Illinois Army National Guard.
Streator is served by three school districts: Streator Elementary School District which has four elementary schools; Oakland Park Elementary School, Centennial Elementary School, Sherman Elementary School, Kimes Elementary School; and one junior high school; Northlawn Junior High School. Streator Township High School District serves just one school; Streator Township High School. The Woodland Community Unit School District #5 which serves the Livingston County portion of Streator has one high school; Woodland High School and one combination elementary/junior high school, Woodland Junior High and Elementary School. Streator has one parochial elementary school, St. Anthony's Catholic School . Nearby Illinois Valley Community College is located in Oglesby, Illinois. The Carnegie Foundation funded Streator Public Library opened in 1903. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
St. Mary's Hospital provides medical service to the Streator region. It is an affiliate of the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois, headquartered in Peoria has a satellite office in Streator and provides paramedic advanced life support. Lifeflight from St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois and MedForce from Colona, Illinois provide aeromedical transportation for more advanced care from St. Mary's Hospital. In January 2010, St. Mary's Hospital announced the addition of SAINTS Flight 2, a helicopter transport service, the first to be dedicated to the Illinois Valley. SAINTS Flight 2 is owned and operated by Air Methods and bases its helicopter on the helipad at St. Mary's Hospital. On October 1, 2010, Air Methods announced it would be ceasing SAINTS Flight 2 due to an insufficient flight volume to sustain operations.
Streator is served by Illinois State Routes 23 and 18, which intersect in downtown. Streator is isolated in that it is located at least a thirty minute drive from the nearest US interstate highway. Rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern Railway, BNSF Railway and the Illinois Railway. Neither the city of Streator nor LaSalle County provide a mass transit system. Amtrak and AT&SF previously served Streator at Streator Station.
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