Kendall County Celebrates 175 Years of History and Prosperity
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today delivered a statement on the House floor honoring and celebrating Kendall County, Illinois’ 175th anniversary.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise today to honor the 175th anniversary of Kendall County, Illinois.
Favorable conditions in the 1830s persuaded hundreds of immigrants to load their wagons and head west to settle on the Illinois prairie.
These early settlements became the seeds of Kendall County, a thriving, 320-square mile area west of Chicago that is home to friendly people, rich farmland, and a strong base of manufacturing and small businesses.
The legislation creating Kendall County, approved by the Illinois Senate and House, was passed into law on February 19, 1841.
It was named Kendall in honor of the U.S. Postmaster General, Amos Kendall, who served under President Andrew Jackson.
Throughout its history, the county has stood the test of time, and continues to grow and prosper today.
In fact, the county boasts more than 114,000 residents and holds the record as the fastest growing county in the United States, with an impressive rate of more than 110 percent growth.
I am proud to call Kendall County my home and celebrate its 175th year of history and prosperity.