Kankakee County, Illinois

County: Kankakee

State: Illinois

Lat/Long: 41.1500, -87.8667

Located in northeastern Illinois, Kankakee County was originally home to the Potawatomi Nation. White settlers began to arrive in 1832. On February 11, 1853, the Illinois General Assembly authorized the formation of Kankakee County. Its chosen county seat, Kankakee Depot, is now the city of Kankakee.

Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Kankakee County, ed. by William F. Kenaga and George R. Letourneau (Chicago: Middle-West, 1906), 2:620, 625, 638, 641; Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed. (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1997), 568.