Life in Morris
Morris will remain a self-sustaining rural community that celebrates its historic downtown, promotes controlled growth, and continues to be a great place to raise a family. The community benefits from its location at the fringe of the Chicago metropolitan area; with excellent regional and national connections by way of Interstate 80, the CSX Railway, the I&M Canal Bicycle Trail, U.S. Route 6 and Illinois Route 47, the Illinois River, and the Morris Airport. Morris will continue to welcome appropriate residential, commercial, and industrial growth.
Our plan is to deal realistically with growth and development pressures without forfeiting the characteristics that make Morris a desirable community in which to live and work. We strive to establish and maintain an enjoyable, healthful, coherent, and workable environment for the residents of Morris.
Morris Public Library
The library is open seven days per week and has a collection containing over 50,000 books, as well as items such as magazines, newspapers, compact disks, videos (on cassette and DVD), and audio books (on cassette and CD). The library is a full member of the Prairie Area Library System (PALS). This provides the residents of Morris access to the more than 1.5 million items within the system’s database. There are twenty personal computers available to the public for researching on the internet, along with three express internet iMacs and one express internet PC.
The public schools serving the Morris area include four elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, and one trade and tech school. In addition to the fine public school system, there are private school options, and two preschools.
Morris public schools belong to four different districts: Morris Community High School Dist. #101, Morris School Dist. #54, Nettle Creek Community Consolidated School Dist. #24C, and Saratoga Consolidated School Dist. #60C.
Hospital and Healthcare
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers) offers a wide spectrum of services, ranging from radiation treatment for cancer, to specialized care for newborns, to assistance with transportation to and from medical related appointments. The 87-bed hospital serves residents of Grundy County and parts of Will, LaSalle, Livingston, and Kendall counties. The hospital has 800 employees, 300 volunteers, and a medical staff of approximately 180 physicians representing most medical specialties.
The Police Department is located in the new Municipal Complex. The City of Morris Police Department is on duty 24-hours a day and is staffed by a Police Chief, one Deputy Chief, five Sergeants, three Detectives, 16 Patrolmen. The department utilizes 20 squad cars to patrol the City (15 marked and five unmarked) and two motorcycles.
In addition to the basic police protection and investigation duties, community services provided include 5th grade D.A.R.E. Program, child safety seat checks/ installs and loans, house and business safety checks, alarms responses, and a Citizen Police Academy.
Fire Protection and Ambulance Service
The Morris Fire and Ambulance Protection District covers 144 square miles. Forty-five paid on call members staff the fire department and utilize the following equipment to protect the residents of the District: five engine companies, one truck company, one rescue squad, two brush fire vehicles, two boats, three command vehicles and one service pick. The equipment is stored in three stations strategically located to server Morris best. Kurtz Ambulance has provides three ambulances to service the residents of the District.
Shopping & Services
Nostalgic Downtown Morris is on the historic I & M Canal and offers residents and visitors a unique area to shop and eat. Named among the 50 great day trips in Chicago Magazine, Morris is an original outdoor shopping destination with interesting stores, fun dining, and a variety of recreational activities.
Parks and Recreation
There are nine developed city parks having a combined area of over 50 acres, containing major sports fields (soccer, softball, baseball, football, etc.), passive areas for picnicing or natural trails, swimming pools, a skateboard park, and recreation centers that serve our City. The City owns an additional 16 acres of undeveloped open space designated for future parks and recreation. The Department of Natural Resources owns and manages 47 acres in the city, consisting of two state parks and the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail.