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STERLING, ILLINOIS


General Information

     Primary County WHITESIDE      
Additional Counties   

POPULATION 1980 1990 2000 2010 Current CLIMATE City 16,281 15,142 15,451 15,370 15,370 Avg. Winter Temp 20.00 F -6.67 C County 65,970 60,186 60,653 58,498 58,498 Avg. Summer Temp 73.00 F 22.77 C Labor 0 0 31,846 30,246 29,108 Avg. Annual Rainfall 37.00 In 93.98 Cm Market Avg. Annual Snowfall 38.10 In 96.77 Cm

Economic Development Amenities

Municipal Services
     Local Government ALDERMEN / CITY               Municipal Zoning YES
   Comprehensive Plan Yes            - Rev. 2007       County Zoning YES
Subdivision Ordinance YES                                  Home Rule NO 
  w/ Design Standards                                 Public Library YES
 Emergency 911 System YES                               Rescue Squad YES
 
 Fire Insurance Class  5    in city   9    outside
 
                         Full Time  Part Time  Volunteer
      Fire Department           24          0         11
    Police Department           30          0          0
 
Commercial Services
General Waste Disposal YES            Radio Stations   3
Special Waste Disposal YES               TV Channels  64
                                               Cable YES
                                          Newspapers   1 Daily    0 Weekly
                                          
         Machine Shops   4  If none, distance to nearest     MI      KM
            Tool & Die   3  If none, distance to nearest     MI      KM
 
                 Banks   7  Assets $    292,803,776
     Savings and Loans   2  Assets $    879,763,000
 
Additional Economic Amenities
Competitive Communities Initiatives YES     Stages    0      Foreign Trade Zone NO 
                    Enterprise Zone YES                      Tax Increment Financing Dist YES
 
Remarks

Transportation

MotorCarrier
   Highways Serving Community   1 Federal   2 State
Interstates Serving Community I-88                                              
          Nearest Interchange NO   Distance     2 MI    3 KM

      Motor Freight Terminals   3
               Local Carriers  28
          Interstate Carriers   4
          Intrastate Carriers   0

     Package Delivery Service YES
       Commercial Bus Service NO 

Air
Nearest Commercial Airport WHITESIDE CO ARPT-JOS H BITTORF FLD AIRPORT
                     Local NO     3 MI  5 KM
       Commercial Airlines    1   Flights per day    2

    Nearest Public Airport WHITESIDE CO ARPT-JOS H BITTORF FLD AIRPORT
                     Local NO    3 MI    5 KM
           Type of Surface CONCRETE       
            Longest Runway  6,500 FT   1,950 M 
            Runway Lighted YES
            Fuel Available YES    Charter Service Available YES
     Pvt Storage Available YES    Pvt Maintenance Available YES

Water
City Adjoins Navigable Water NO 
            Name of Waterway NONE                     
                Public Barge NO 
               Private Barge NO 
               Channel Depth     0 FT      0 M
            Length Of Season  0 Months
           Public Dock Local NO    50 MI   80 KM

Travel Time
(distance and travel time for goods in transit to selected major cities)

              Highway   Highway    Days       Days
City           Miles      Km.     by Rail   by Truck
-----------   -------   -------   -------   --------
Atlanta           800     1,280       3         2
Chicago           120       192       1         1
Cleveland         470       752       2         1
Dallas            905     1,448       4         2
Denver            900     1,440       4         2
Detroit           395       632       2         1
Kansas City       500       800       2         1
Los Angeles     2,050     3,280       5         3
Memphis           530       848       2         1
Minneapolis       350       560       2         1
New Orleans       950     1,520       3         2
New York          930     1,488       4         2
St. Louis         250       400       1         1
Seattle         2,000     3,200       5         3

Railroad(s)                Frequency of Switching
Union Pacific              12/day      
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       

Piggyback Service NO    85 MI  136 KM
Container Service NO     0 MI    0 KM

Remarks

Utilities

Water

      Water Supplier IL AMERICAN WATER COMPANY
        Water Source WELL           

                                    Gallons/Day          Liters/Day 
              Storage Capacity        1,700,000           6,460,000
            Treatment Capacity        5,000,000          19,000,000
          Average Daily Demand        1,700,000           6,460,000
             Peak Daily Demand        2,500,000           9,500,000
               Excess Capacity        2,500,000           9,500,000

Waste Water Treatment
Type of Sewage Treatment Plant TERTIARY       
                       Process                     
            Treatment Capacity        5,600,000          21,280,000
                  Present Load        2,600,000           9,880,000
               Excess Capacity        9,000,000          34,200,000

Natural Gas - Electricity - Telecommunications
            Gas Supplier NICOR                    
       Electric Supplier COMMONWEALTH EDISON      
Local Telephone Supplier AT&T                                              
       Digital Switching YES
            Fiber Optics YES
 Long Distances Carriers AT&T SPRINT MCI  

Remarks

Health Facilities

 Number of Hospitals in Community  1    Total Number of Beds    145
  If No Hospital, Dist to Nearest   0 MI    0 KM
                           Clinic YES
             Doctors in Community   140
            Dentists in Community    25
Emergency Medical Treatment Local YES    0 MI    0 KM

Remarks
Designated Trauma Center, Helicopter Service.

Education Facilities (in community)


Type                 Number  Teachers  Enrollment
-------------------  ------  --------  ----------
Elementary                4        82       1,621
Junior High               1        51         821
High School               1        60       1,114
Trade & Technical         1        25         692
Community College         1       141       7,358
Four-Yr College           0         0           0
University                0         0           0

Latest A.C.T. Composite Score 20.8

Remarks
LIST INCLUDES PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY; ALSO SEVERAL 
PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL.

Employment

Major Employers In The Community

                                                          Union            Year
Employer                   Product/Service     Employees  Affiliation      Established
-------------------------  ------------------  ---------  ---------------  -----------
CGH MEDICAL CENTER         HOSPITAL                1,291  NONE             1909
                         
MIRCON INDUSTRIES          SWITCHES                  100  NONE             1965
                         
WAL-MART DISTRIBUTION      DISTRIBUTION            1,000  NONE             2006
CENTER                   
ANCHOR COUPLING            HYDRAULICH HOSES          100  NONE             1994
                         
WAHL CLIPPER               HAIR CLIPPERS, ETC.       850  NONE             1900
                         
STERLING STEEL CORP.       STEEL                     300  STEEL WRKS       2003
                         
ASTEC MOBILE SCREENS       SCREENING                 100  NONE             2004
                         
HALO CORP/LEE WAYNE        MARKETING PRODUCTS        200  NONE             1952
                         
SELF HELP ENTERPRISES      SHELTERED WORKSHOP        384  NONE             1965
                         

Labor Force
Labor Force Summary for WHITESIDE COUNTY                        
Annual Average for Year 2012
      Total Labor Force    29,108
             Unemployed   2,714
             Percentage   9.30%
         Total Employed    26,394
          Manufacturing  36.90%
      Non-Manufacturing  61.80%
            Agriculture   1.30%

Community Union Activity
       Last Year Data Available 2011
Labor Relations Board Elections 
         Number in Last 5 Years   0
            Number won by union   0
          Number won by company   0
      Work stoppage occurences
            within last 5 years   0
   Number of employees involved       0

Wage Rates
Wage rates for experienced workers in selected occupations working in the  Econ Dev Reg 6 NW       

Occupation                 Entry      Top   Occupation                 Entry      Top
----------------------   -------  -------   ----------------------   -------  -------
Accountant/Auditor       $ 17.05  $ 31.49   Maintenance Mechanic     $ 16.17  $ 26.52
Assembler-Electronic     $ 10.03  $ 16.56   Office Clerk             $  9.19  $ 14.38
Assembler-Production     $  8.99  $ 14.36   Secretary                $  9.90  $ 15.94
Computer Operator        $ 13.36  $ 21.73   Sheet Metal Worker       $ 13.05  $ 19.76
Computer Programmer      $ 22.40  $ 37.58   Ship-Recving Clerk       $ 11.63  $ 18.06
Data Entry Operator      $  9.98  $ 13.68   Systems Analyst          $ 21.92  $ 40.55
Drill or Punch Press     $  9.42  $ 15.52   Technician               $ 17.70  $ 26.87
Engineer                 $ 25.97  $ 49.29   Tool & Die Maker         $ 15.41  $ 27.36
Janitor/Porter/Cleaner   $  8.83  $ 13.64   Warehouse Worker         $ 11.68  $ 18.14
Laborer                  $ 12.02  $ 22.34   Welder                   $ 13.51  $ 21.31
Machinist                $ 12.11  $ 22.25   Word Processor           $  9.70  $ 16.53

Remarks
WAGE RATES 2012 FROM IL DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT 
SECURITY WEBSITE.

Community Facilities

(Available within 10 miles)

                   Motels/Hotels       4        Protestant Churches  30
                 Number of Rooms     310          Catholic Churches   3
                     Restaurants      35          Jewish Synagogues   1
Capacity of Largest Banquet Room     600              Country Clubs   3
             Public Golf Courses       2               Health Clubs   1
            Public Tennis Courts      50      Public Swimming Pools   1
     Public Access to Lake/River YES
              Name of Lake/River ROCK RIVER                                        

Remarks
WESTWOOD SPORTS COMPLEX; OPPOLD MARINA; 2 
COMMUNITY CENTERS; 2 BOWLING ALLEYS; 25 
BASEBALL/SOFTBALL DIAMONDS.

Tax Structure

Property tax rates per $100 assessed valuation. 
Valuation is 33.3% of real property except in Cook
 County where residential is assessed at 10%, 
commercial and industrial property is assessed at 
25%.

Property Tax Rates
    Year 2012          Total Property Tax Rates      Total Sales Tax Rate  6.75%
    City  2.0543%      For Two Previous Years        Utility Tax On 
  County  1.0831%          2008       0                 Electricity  0.00%
  School  4.5587%         8.8932%    0.0000%            Natural Gas  0.00%
Other(s)  1.0753%                                         Telephone  0.00%
   Total  8.7714%                                             Water  0.00%

Remarks

Location Services and Other Information

Economic / Industrial                Profile Information
Development Contact                  Provided By        
Heather Sotelo                       Andra Bielema                      
Executive Director                   Manager                  
Greater Sterling Dev Corp            Greater Sterling Dev Corp          
1741 Industrial Drive                1741 Industrial Drive              
Sterling, IL  610819290              Sterling, IL  610819290
Phone (815) 625-5255                 Phone (815) 625-5255
  Fax (815) 625-5094                   Fax (815) 625-5094

Other Information
Zip Code(s) 61081           Rep Dist            74                          
                            Senate Dist        17                           
                            Congressional Dist 16               


Remarks
E-Mail Heather Sotelo: 
hsotelo@sterlingdevelopment.org, Andra Bielema: 
abielema@sterlingdevelopment.org.  Website: 
www.sterlingdevelopment.org.

Last updated 10/25/2013
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