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Streator, Illinois
Streator is a city in LaSalle and partially in Livingston counties in the state of Illinois. Its population was 14,190 as of the 2000 census. The city is situated on the Vermilion River approximately 81 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois in prairie and farmland of north-central Illinois.
 
Streator was named for Dr. Worthy S. Streator, an Ohio industrialist who financed the region's first coal mining operation. Streator was enticed into providing the capital for the project by his cousin, Colonel Ralph Plumb. Included in Colonel Plumb's duties were overseeing the platting and incorporation of the quickly growing area. The town was officially incorporated as The City of Streator in 1868.  Plumb served as Streator's first mayor, serving two terms. Plumb's mark on the early development of Streator was notable. The main hotel and the local opera house bore his name and he financed the construction of the city's first high school. Streator's early growth was due to its success as a coal producer, a major glass manufacturer and a railroad hub in the midwest. Today Streator's economy is led by heavy-equipment manufacturer Vactor, food manufacturer U.S. Foodservice and glass bottle manufacturer Owens-Illinois.
 
The city is the hometown of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930, and George "Honey Boy" Evans, who wrote "In the Good Old Summertime." Streator hosts annual events including the Roamer Cruise Night and the Heritage Days celebration each July 4th. Streator is governed by a Manager??????council style of government. It maintains police and fire departments as well as a public works system. The mayor is Ray Schmitt.
 
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