McLean county is located in central Illinois northeast of Springfield
, the state's capital. With an area of 1,173 square miles, it is the largest county in Illinois.
Bloomington serves as the county seat and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 145,477, an increase of 16,297 over the 1990 census. The town is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University is located in Normal, its sister city. Historic Route 66 passes through the county on its way south and west to Santa Monica, CA.
Bloomington also holds the distinction of being the only place in the world that manufactures "Beer Nuts", a popular snack food. Originating in the 1930's, they were known as "Virginia Redskins" peanuts.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
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