History

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How It Began

In the fall of 2010, a group of approximately 40 volunteers participated in the MAPPING the Future of Your Community program, led by Western Illinois University’s Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) to develop a vision for the future of the community through several community planning sessions. As a result of these sessions, a community organization called MAPPING McLean was formed, which was later renamed CORE of McLean.

The organization received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status on June 13th, 2012.

Since then, community volunteers have worked to make McLean a great place to live as well as a community that attracts visitors and businesses. Early projects not otherwise featured on the website included:

  • Created a community calendar for July 2014–December 2015 featuring historic images of the town, which were later used to make the History page for the McLean website (mclean-il.com/history)
  • Volunteers went door-to-door gathering information to assist the Village with a grant for a new water tower
  • Assisted the Village with a grant proposal for a new emergency siren for the Village
  • Organized blood drives to encourage residents to give blood, and volunteers provided baked goods for donors
  • Hosted a wellness fair and flu clinic
  • Attracted a curbside recycling program by getting residents to complete interest forms

2023 MAPPING Update Sessions
In June of 2023, the IIRA returned to McLean to hold three update sessions of the MAPPING the Future of Your Community program. Community members came together to update their visions and goals for the Village, from those sessions, the current three committees of CORE were formed, based on the three main identified goals:

More information about the MAPPING the Future of Your Community program.