Where We Want to Go

Alton

Located on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, Alton is about 15 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. Alton’s location and history make it a popular destination for antique shopping, touring historic areas, and gambling aboard the Argosy Casino. Thirty percent of households have children in them. Ninety-eight percent of students graduate high school, yet twenty percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Swansea

This village is in St. Clair County, Illinois. The population that resides in this 5.1 square miles has grown 24 percent since 2000. Eighty-eight percent of the population is white. The average commute is 20 minutes; they spend that time in their car, alone. Forty-four percent claim some religious affiliation, with the largest affiliation being Catholic.

Lebanon

This city in St. Claire County is home to 3,500 people, 1,300 households, and 800 families. The median age is 36 years. Eleven percent of the homes with children are lead by a single mom. Lebanon is home to McKendree University, the oldest college in Illinois.

Washington Park

This village in St. Clair County, Illinois has a population near 5,300, 92 percent of which are African American. Approximately 37 percent of residents never graduated from high school or earned their GED. Forty percent of households have children living in them. In 2009, Washington Park filed for bankruptcy. In 2010, the mayor was found to have been fatally shot.

Other communities we want to become part of include: Wood River, Granite City, Fairmount City and Glen Carbon.