Please Note: Although Location Island does allow certain forms of advertising on our Resource Pages, we do our best to make sure that these sections are well defined under the heading "Advertising". All of the links to the various states, municipalities, utilities, chambers of commerce, etc. are meant to be DIRECT links and are unmodified by us in any way. If you find any discrepancies with any of the official links in this section, please let us know and we will take the appropriate actions. For any questions or concerns regarding your privacy, please consult our Privacy Policy.

Market Planning Necessities

County Web Page - The official web site of Cook County, IL

County Building &Zoning - The Cook County Department of Building and Zoning provides reasonable rules and regulations governing the erection, construction, alteration, demolition, or relocation of all buildings and structures within designated single family, multi-family, commercial, industrial and public zoned districts of unincorporated Cook County.

Ordinances and CodesLinks to the governing codes for the areas of unincorporated Cook County (which, unfortunately, are not available for viewing online.)

Highway Department - The Cook County Highway Department was established in 1913 by the State of Illinois upon approval of the first officially recorded County highway system maps. The present day system has evolved to include jurisdictional authority over 557 center line miles of highways. The Department has maintenance responsibilities for 1,474 lane miles of pavement, 130 bridges, 332 traffic signals and 5 pumping stations from five maintenance garages.

Cook County Department of Public Health - Licenses and inspections are required for food establishments located in unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to, restaurants, taverns, package liquor stores, day care centers, and temporary retail food establishments.

Lyons Township - Cook County, IL

Due to the recent deregulation, in the Chicago area you have choice in your gas & electric service providers. Water and Sanitary sewer (where available) are usually controlled by each areas cities and villages.


State Web Site - The official web site for the State of Illinois.

Illinois Department of Transportation - The state's DOT web site.

Traffic Counts and Roadway Information - For state and local roadways throughout the state.

State GIS maps - Including both state and county maps,

Liquor Control Commission - Alcohol Licensing information.

Chamber of Commerce - The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce web site.

IRMA - The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is one of the largest state retail organizations in the United States. IRMA is your statewide professional organization. No matter what your size or kind of store, IRMA can help protect your interests in state government, save you money, and keep you informed.

C.O.R.E. - Consumers Organized for Reliable Electricity - A coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations who support continued reliability in the electric industry. 

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation - Information for Real Estate Appraisers, Brokers and salespeople.

U.S.Cencus Bureau - American FactFinder web site. Why pay for your demographic information twice?

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* Cook County is comprised of 30 townships and over 130 Cities and Villages
all of which are responsible for creating, maintaining and enforcing their own
planning, zoning and building codes & regulations.

Further complicating things, is the fact that many of the village and city boundaries
overlap those of the respective townships that they fall into.
Please take that into consideration while doing your property search.

Electric Service Providers

Commonwealth Edison

BlueStar Energy Services, Inc

Commerce Energy, Inc

Hudson Energy Services

Integrys Energy Services, Inc

Natural Gas Providers

People's Gas

Interstate Gas Supply of Illinois

Santanna Energy Services

U.S. Energy Savings Corp

Spark Energy, L.P.

Custom Signs, Real Estate, Magnetic, Yard Signs

The Village of
Bedford Park

(Village Code)

The Village of Bridgeview
(Code in print form only)

The Village of Brookfield
(Village Code)

The Village of Burr Ridge
(Village Code)

The City of Countryside
(City Code)

The City of Hickory Hills
(City Code)

The Village of Hinsdale
(Village Code)

The Village of Hodgkins
(Code in print form only)

The Village of
Indian Head Park
(Village Code)

The Village of Justice
(Village Code)

The Village of La Grange
(Village Code)

The Village of Lyons
(Village Code)

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