Morton Grove

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Morton Grove
Morton Grove train station
Morton Grove train station
Location in Illinois
Morton Grove (Illinois)
Morton Grove
Morton Grove
Basic data
Foundation : 1895
State : United States
State : Illinois
County : Cook County
Coordinates : 42 ° 2 ′  N , 87 ° 47 ′  W Coordinates: 42 ° 2 ′  N , 87 ° 47 ′  W
Time zone : Central ( UTC − 6 / −5 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
22,451 (status: 2000)
9,443,356 (status: 2005)
Population density : 1,727 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 13.0 km 2  (approx. 5 mi 2 ) of
which 13.0 km 2  (approx. 5 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 190 m
Postcodes : 60053, 60054, 60055
Area code : +1 847
FIPS : 17-50647
GNIS ID : 413865
Website :
Mayor : Dan Staackmann (President)

Morton Grove is a village in Cook County in the northeast of the US -amerikanischen State of Illinois , about 20 km north-west of Chicago . Morton Grove is part of the Chicago metropolitan area . In 2000 the place had 22,451 inhabitants.

The first settlers from England came in the 1830s, followed by an influx of German settlers a decade later. In 1872, when the railroad reached the place, Morton Grove had around 100 residents.

The town was named in honor of the financier of the route, later US Vice President Levi P. Morton . Around 1890 a second railway line was built after Morton Grove. Around the same time the first greenhouses were built in town. The flowers grown in them became the main industry of the village for the next 40 years with up to 500 employees. During Prohibition , numerous roadhouses were added that served illegal gambling and alcohol consumption.

The Great Depression hit Morton Grove massively, the greenhouses closed. It was not until the 1940s that smaller industrial companies came into being.

Up until the 1970s, Morton Grove was almost exclusively inhabited by "whites", but since the mid-1980s there has been an increasing influx of residents of Asian origin. In 2004 they made up almost 1/4 of the population, the highest proportion in any locality in Illinois.

In 1981, Morton Grove gained some international notoriety when it became the first commune in the United States to prohibit everyone from carrying firearms by ordinance . This ban is Title 6, Chapter 2, No 3 of the Village Code to this day.

Morton Grove is the seat of the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East . This is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world and was founded by the apostles Thaddäus and Thomas around 37 AD in Seleukia-Ctesiphon (Mesopotamia). Because of the persecution of Christians in Turkey and Iraq, the patriarchy was transferred to the USA in 1940, and since 1976 Mar Dinkha IV Khanania has been the incumbent . However, the Assyrian Church has been divided since 1968, the other half has been called the Old Church of the East since then and is headed by a patriarch based in Baghdad .

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Individual evidence

  1. Morton Grove, Illinois Village Code ( Memento of the original from February 13, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , as amended on December 31, 2005 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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