Named after Elias Kane, the first U.S. Secretary of State from Illinois, Kane County, Illinois was formed out of LaSalle County in 1836. Once a prairie community, modern day Kane County is a thriving agricultural-industrial area and the fifth most populous county in Illinois, with over 515,000 residents. Kane County’s residents enjoy its proximity to the city of Chicago, as well as area attractions such as the Kane County Cougars minor-league baseball team, the Air Classics Museum of Aviation, and the Illinois Prairie Path bike trail.
In the News: Recently, the Elgin Riverboat Casino sued the Treasurer of the State of Illinois for imposing a 3 percent surcharge on adjusted gross receipts of the casino. This surcharge was then paid to local horse racing tracks to subsidize a decline in business. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the law under both the U.S. and Illinois constitutions, claiming it was contrary to the takings clause and violated the casino’s due process rights.
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