Elgin is a city in Cook and Kane counties. The city is located in the northern part of of Illinois. Located roughly 35 miles northwest of Chicago, it lies along the Fox River. As of 2012, the city had a total population of 109,927, making it the eighth-largest city in Illinois.
As of the 2010 census, there were 108,190 people, and 35,837 households. The ethnicity makeup of the city was 65.9% White, 7.4% African American, 1.40% Native American, 5.4% Asian, 16.3% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.6% of the population. A significant portion of Elgin’s Asian population is of Laotian origin.
Elgin ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in Illinois. In June 2005, the Chicago Tribune quoted Elgin Mayor Ed Schock saying that Elgin will in 40 years be the second largest city in Illinois. The city’s Far West Development Strategy calls for the construction of 14,000 homes on agricultural land west of Randall Road, which has become a major retail corridor connecting the Fox Valley. Elgin’s downtown area has also attracted developer interest. Three large residential projects were to be completed in the downtown by 2007, at a total cost of more than $100 million. The Gail Borden Public Library moved into a new $30 million 460,000 volume-capacity building in October 2003. Other recent projects include the city’s $41 million recreational center, the Centre of Elgin.
The city’s rapid growth has been accompanied by increased concerns about traffic, urban sprawl, and the city’s capacity to provide services to new residents. City officials insist that Elgin’s water plants have ample capacity to serve new residents. Elgin is known for the quality of its tap water, which in the past ten years has been named both the dirtiest in Kane County and the absolute worst in Illinois.
In the 1990s, Elgin became one of the few cities in northern Illinois to host a riverboat casino. The Grand Victoria Casino initially generated controversy, but has since proven a significant source of income for the city. Drawing nearly four million people annually, as of March 2005 it was the fifth most popular tourist attraction in Illinois. The Grand Victoria Foundation, to which the casino has contributed an amount in excess of $116 million, provides community grants to nonprofits in the city.
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