Cahokia Heights
Location of Cahokia Heights in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Location of Cahokia Heights in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Cahokia Heights is located in Illinois
Cahokia Heights
Cahokia Heights
Location of Cahokia Heights
Cahokia Heights is located in the United States
Cahokia Heights
Cahokia Heights
Cahokia Heights (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°33′43″N 90°10′22″W / 38.56194°N 90.17278°W / 38.56194; -90.17278Coordinates: 38°33′43″N 90°10′22″W / 38.56194°N 90.17278°W / 38.56194; -90.17278
Country United States
State Illinois
CountySt. Clair
IncorporatedMay 6, 2021 (2021-05-06)
Government
 • MayorCurtis McCall Sr.
Area
 • Total16.37 sq mi (42.4 km2)
Population
 • Total22,552
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)618
FIPS code17-10370
Wikimedia CommonsCahokia, Illinois
Websitewww.cahokiaillinois.org

Cahokia Heights is a city in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. It was founded on May 6, 2021, by the merger of the villages of Cahokia and Alorton and the city of Centreville.[1] On May 6, 2021, Curtis McCall, Sr. was sworn in as the city's first mayor,[2] having run unopposed.[3]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
202012,096
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

History

Better Together

The formation of Cahokia Heights was part of a campaign and four-phase plan called "Better Together".[5]

Curtis McCall, Sr., Centreville Township Supervisor lead the consolidation efforts. His son Curtis McCall, Jr. was mayor (village president) of Cahokia at the time;[5][6] the mayor (village president) of Alorton, and clerk, cashier was JoAnne Reed;[3] and the mayor of Centreville was Marius "Mark" Jackson; all were proponents of the merger.[5]

In the first phase of the plan[5] was a March 2020 referendum to merge Alorton and Centreville, into a city named Alcentra, which passed by about 76% in each.[7] The second phase of the plan[5] was another referendum, held in November 2020, for Alorton, Cahokia, Centreville to merge into a city named Cahokia Heights.[8] The referendum merging the 3 municipalities was approved, 61% to 37%, in the November 3, 2020, election.[9]

The third and fourth phases were advertised as dissolving Centreville Township[5] and the Commonfields of Cahokia district.[2] The referendum to dissolve the Commonfields of Cahokia Public Water District passed with 82% approval in the April 2021 election. In the same election, voters of Cahokia Heights passed referenda to grant home rule to the city, to extend the Cahokia Public Library District across the city, and elect McCall Sr. as mayor.[3]

Transportation

Cahokia Heights is home to the St. Louis Downtown Airport, a general aviation facility.

Metro operates the #2 bus route to East St. Louis, Illinois, where connections can be made to the MetroLink light rail to St. Louis.

Education

Further reading

References

  1. ^ "3 Metro East cities officially merge to create Cahokia Heights". KMOV. 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  2. ^ a b Ledet, Blair (2021-05-06). "Cahokia Heights, Illinois swears in first mayor today". KTVI. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  3. ^ a b c Paige, DeAsia (2021-04-07). "Residents in new southwest IL town vote to dissolve controversial water, sewer utility". Belleville News-Democrat (website ed.). Belleville, Illinois. Archived from the original on 2021-04-24. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Paige, DeAsia (2020-10-28). "Voters still don't know financial impact of proposed merger of three southwest IL towns". Belleville News-Democrat (website ed.). Belleville, Illinois. Archived from the original on 2021-02-17. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  6. ^ Bernthal, Jeff (2020-08-31). "Cahokia residents hear pitch for consolidation". Fox2Now (website ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Nexstar Media. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  7. ^ Mansouri, Kavahn (2020-03-17). "Illinois election results show Alorton, Centreville will merge". Belleville News-Democrat (website ed.). Belleville, Illinois. Archived from the original on 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  8. ^ Bernthal, Jeff (2020-08-31). "Cahokia residents hear pitch for consolidation". Fox2Now (website ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Nexstar Media. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  9. ^ Paige, DeAsia (2020-11-04). "Voters in Cahokia, Centreville and Alorton approve merger of their towns". Belleville News-Democrat (website ed.). Belleville, Illinois: Belleville News-Democrat. Archived from the original on 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2022-01-28.