Peasant? and Village? hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
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In Illinois a village is a legal form of incorporation.

The petition shall set forth (1) a definite description of
the lands intended to be embraced in the proposed village, (2)
the number of inhabitants residing therein, (3) the name of the
proposed village, and (4) a prayer that a question be submitted
to the electors residing within the limits of the proposed
village whether they will incorporate as a village under this

Page Stephens

> [Original Message]
> From: Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
> Date: 4/11/2006 1:56:42 PM
> Subject: Re: Peasant?  and Village?
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> Poster:       Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: Peasant?  and Village?
> ><<My wife's hometown of Oak Park, IL, (old stomping grounds of Ernest
> >Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright) pointedly refers to itself as a
> >An upscale suburb of Chicago, it is a separate, incorporated
> >Is "village" perhaps a legal designation for certain kinds of towns in
> >Illinois?-- Charles Doyle >>
> >
> >That description in most of its particulars could describe my wife’s
> >hometown of Swarthmore, PA, which until the consolidation movement of a
> >generation ago had its own school system.  Villages are smaller than but
> >subordinate to townships, which are subdivisions of the county.  It is
> >similar in New York, where I lived in the Village of Endicott and in the
> >Village of Johnson City, but they call townships “towns”.
> Well, and when I was a student in the college there (i.e., S'more),
> the town was called "The Ville".
> (Has anyone pointed out that "The Village" in NYC refers to Greenwich
> Village? I was busy with a conference this weekend and zoomed through
> the recent postings.)
> Barbara
> Barbara Need
> UChicago
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