Incorporated in 1868, the city of Streator is in LaSalle and Livingston counties, in Illinois. LaSalle County is the second largest county by land area in the state of Illinois.
Streator is situated on the Vermillion River. The city was named for Dr. Worthy S. Streator. He left his medical practice to develop railroads in the Midwestern states, and then on to coal mines located near the Vermillion River.
Also below the surface, another important mineral helped shape the history of Streator. There is a formation of stone consisting of 99.44% silica which is used for the manufacture of glass. Its purity is especially important to glassmakers.
For more than 100 years, Streator’s economy has been based on the manufacturing of a wide variety of products. For decades, Streator has been a leader in the production of glass containers and in recent times, the number of products manufactured in the community has diversified and expanded.
Vactor Manufacturing, Inc., is a major manufacturer of heavy-duty municipal sewer cleaning equipment.
Streator is also the home for manufacturing companies that produce snow removal equipment, railroad service equipment, peanut butter, steel tubing, automotive lifts, log splitters, pressure-treated lumber, bricks, industrial handling equipment, truck bodies, custom foam packaging and cabinetry and countertops.
In addition to the coal and silica, Streator is located within a region containing some of the most productive soil in the nation, with the chief crops being corn and soybeans. Today’s agri-business is a major force impacting the Streator area economy.
Providing support services to area manufacturers and agri-business are a solid and diversified base of commercial enterprises. Serving the area economy are a wide variety of financial, insurance and professional offices along with St. Mary’s Hospital, a regional healthcare facility.
Due to the early development of transportation services, Streator is the site for several wholesale and distribution companies. Their products include institutional food products, beverages, dairy products, petroleum products, restaurant supplies, and industrial supplies. Rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern, SantaFe/Burlington Northern, and Illinois RailNet.
Close to the Central Business District is Westgate Plaza with several stores and professional offices serving the local community. Northpoint Plaza Shopping Center and the ever expanding Kroger Plaza, provide a diversified retail base to meet resident needs.
There are a variety of retail shops and merchants, and many eating establishments in the downtown area, for your enjoyment
Streator offers a full range of residential opportunities, including single family homes, condominiums, apartments, and senior residential developments. Homes are available from the low to moderate price range to the upper level custom construction.
As one would expect, there are many distinctive older homes. There is a Queen Anne style home built in 1893, added to the National register of Historic Places in 1976. Streator is also home to many private residences of significant historical interest and value, including the Kennedy Home on Pleasant Avenue.
Streator is served by three school districts: Streator Elementary District, with four elementary schools and a junior high school; Streator Township High School District; and the Woodland Unit School District which serves the Livingston County portion of Streator. There is one parochial grade school (K-through 8).
Preschool programs are also available. Area residents can conveniently continue their education at Illinois Valley Community College, which offers a diverse curriculum of academic and vocational training.
There are many public and private colleges and universities a short drive from Streator. Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois State University in Normal, Knox College in Galesburg, Millikin University in Decatur, Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington and the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and Chicago Campus, just to name a few of the finest universities and colleges in the Midwest.
OSF HealthCare offers a free-standing emergency center at the OSF Center for Health – Streator facility at 111 Spring Street. The outpatient center offers an array of services under one roof including an anti-coagulation clinic, imaging and laboratory services, emergency care, outpatient procedures and rehabilitation services. Physician clinics occupy the building’s third and fifth floors, offering access to a variety of primary care providers and specialists.
The Streator YMCA is a modern facility that includes a swimming pool, basketball court, racquetball center, physical fitness programs, and activities for all age groups.
Youth and adult sports are an important part of life in Streator. Competitive and recreational league activities include baseball, football, softball, basketball, soccer, bowling and golf.
Streator has three golf courses: Anderson FieldGolf Course, a public course; Twin Creeks, a privately owned public course; and Streator Country Club.
Residents enjoy several stage productions a year presented at the outstanding William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts. Outdoor recreation is available at eight nearby State Parks, conservation areas, four city parks and the Illinois and Vermillion Rivers. These areas provide Streator with close access to boating, canoeing, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
Streator special festivals include “Park Fest” in May, a five-day 4th of July celebration, a “Labor Day festival,” and a holiday “Light Up Streator” celebration on Thanksgiving weekend.
Worship services are offered by a wide variety of religious faiths, with one Roman Catholic churches and 32 Protestant churches. Two of Streator’s churches have an interesting place in American history. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is the oldest Slovak Lutheran Church in America and St. Stephen’s is the first Slovak Catholic Church in America, founded in 1883.
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