Milan is a village of about 5100 people in the Rock Island County in Illinois. It is situated close to the Quad Cities metropolitan area. The village is located on the Rock River, approximately 4 miles upstream of its outlet to the Mississippi in the northwest part of the state. Milan has an area of about 6.5 square miles, about 0.6 square miles of which is water.
Milan was the site of the southern campsites of the Sauk and Fox villages of Saukenuk which was once the second largest Native American inhabitation in the North America. The village was known as Hampton and Camden Mills, before being called Milan. It has sister cities in the states of Tennessee, Missouri and Michigan.
Milan operates under the Village Manager form of government, which consists of a mayor and six council members, who are all elected. This council is known as the Village Council. Milan is a non-home rule community. The mayor and council members appoint an administrator that looks at the day to day management of various government programs and services. Elections are organized every couple of years, when half of the council is up for election.
The village was the headquarters of Eagle Food Centers which closed its shutters in 2003. Eagle Food Centers was a chain of supermarket that operated in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas for a number of years, but went bankrupt in 2000 due to increased competition.
Milan, although a small village, is very active and celebrates most US festivals. The Indian Summer Festival is a popular event organized around Labor Day every year. The village has several parks that serve its residents and provide a place to picnic for families. Camden Park is a popular destination with the residents and contains several shelters as well as a lodge. The Lodge is a heated indoor building that can seat about 30 people and has all modern amenities. There is a charge to use the Lodge, but other options are available to the residents. There are several picnic tables, grills and restrooms throughout the park. Dickson Park, with the Milan Sprayground is another good option that has many facilities for families. Some of the other parks include Presbyterian Park, Pappas Park, West Park and Nell Daniels Park. The city is also home to the Camden Center, formerly known as the Milan Community Center. It can easily accommodate 400 people and is a great location for banquets, parties and business meetings. It has all the state of the art audio visual equipment expected of modern facilities.
Milan is a great village that cares for its residents who want to live a wholesome family life.
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