Quality of Life
One of Kendall County’s most highly regarded features is its high quality of living. Excellent healthcare is easily accessible within the County with nearby hospitals including Valley West Hospital in Sandwich and Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora. Rush Copley Medical Center is located in the heart of Kendall County in Yorkville along Route 34. The County also has some of the finest school districts including the Oswego School District, Yorkville School District, Plainfield School District, and Minooka School District, to name a few. Two major and highly acclaimed community college district encompass Kendall County, this being Waubonsee Community College and Joliet Junior College.
Located within the heart of the Fox Valley, Kendall County enjoy some of the finest outdoor recreation and open space amenities. This includes the majestic Fox River, the large amount of acreage owned by the Forest Preserve District and the Silver Springs State Park.
Kendall County’s efficient roadway transportation system includes Interstate 80 located in the southeast portion of Kendall County. I-80 runs through the Village of Minooka and provides a major transportation corridor that conveniently accommodates traffic from to and from Chicago. An interchange at Ridge Road, a four lane County road, provides quick and easy access onto the expressway. An interchange a few miles south at Brisbin Road will also prove beneficial for improving roadway transportation in the southern portion of Kendall County.
Other key roadways located in Kendall County include:
- U.S. Route 30
- U.S. Route 34
- U.S. Route 52
- State Routes 47, 126, 31, 71, and 25.
To enhance and improve Kendall County’s roadway system, Kendall County annually revises and adopts a five-year transportation plan. This plan outlines increases to roadway capacities, bridge construction/reconstruction, and existing roadway maintenance.
Please see the Regional Infrastructure Improvement Report for more details on roadway improvements
Kendall County has a public transportation system known as the Kendall Area Transit System (KATS). KATS provides bus rides for County residents with priority given for the disabled and senior citizens offering service on weekdays. For convenient Amtrak service, the City of Plano has an Amtrak station providing daily service into Chicago. Westbound service is also available to Galesburg, Kansas City, and ultimately all the way to the west coast.
Located within the Village of Oswego is a ‘Park n’ Ride’ lot near Orchard Road which conveniently transports users to and from the nearby Aurora Metra station. This location has plans to be converted into a full Metra station in the future. In addition to the planned Oswego station, a station in the Village of Montgomery is also in the works. No specific timeline is available for the creation of either station, however.
Kendall County contains three important rail systems. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line extends from Chicago’s Union Station all the way west towards Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Located on the northern end of the County, BNSF primarily provides freight services. The line also provides, however, both Amtrak and Metra train services. The Village of Plano contains an Amtrak station with daily service from the Illinois Zephyr Route.
The Illinois Railnet, also known as the Illinois Railway, operates on a former Burlington Northern and Sante Fe line from Eola, IL (north of Aurora) down to Streator, IL. The rail enters the county in Montgomery and travels along the south side of the Fox River passing through the downtown districts of Oswego, Yorkville, Millbrook, and Millington. The service line makes trips daily with a primary freight of silica sand. Several businesses are served by this line including U.S. Silica, Fairmount Minerals, Techni Sand, James Hardie, Watco Reload, ADM, Behr Iron & Minerals, and Unimin Corp.
The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Line, or the EJ&E, is located just over a mile east of the county line. The EJ&E is a class II railroad owned by Canadian National Railway used to transport freight to large cities within the Chicagoland area from Waukegan all the way into Gary, Indiana. The EJ& E line enters the County in Minooka.