1403 South Main St / Benton, IL 62812
618-439-6131 / Mayor Fred Kondritz
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The City of Benton is the Franklin County seat, which is steeped in rich history and an antiquarian’s dream. While the Benton Square has an old-fashioned feel and quaint uniqueness, with its classic courthouse and antique stores, the Main Streets are thriving with a variety of eateries and specialty shops.
City officials have a proactive approach to advance into the future; the City Council has recently taken measures to ensure the city is in step with safety and technological advancements by approving the purchase of a new ladder truck for the Fire Department, the construction of a state-of-the-art police station and an Environmental Protection Agency endorsed waste water treatment facility with the ability to handle future economic growth on a large scale.
Benton has also embraced the beautiful southern Illinois scenery by renovating the Twin Oaks Lodge. The lodge, nestled on the edge of the Lake Hamilton, is located on the northeast end of the city. The public may rent this facility, which is the perfect venue for weddings, reunions or retreats with space available to seat up to 180 people, and outdoor recreation which includes picturesque views for photography, the lake for kayaking or a fire pit for lounging.
If someone needs a larger venue, the Benton Civic Center can hold bigger crowds and often hosts concerts, plays and annual events. During the months of May through October, the center allows vendors with the Farmer’s Market to set up and sell locally grown produce and hand-made goods. To the west of the center is the Benton Park District. Many residents frequent the park to take advantage of its scenery and amenities, while visitors are often in awe of the luscious vegetation, flower gardens, wooden bridges, children’s playgrounds and sport areas.
Benton also lies just south of the vacation destination of Rend Lake, which is second largest man-made lake in the state, constructed by the Illinois Department of Conservancy District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rend Lake has more than 3-million visitors a year for everything from fishing tournaments, camping, trail riding and 4th of July fireworks over the dam. In fact, the lake is so popular across the region, it was named as one of the Illinois Bureau of Tourism’s “Top Seven Wonders of Illinois.”
The City’s progress is all part of a larger plan to “Make Benton Better.” The City is poised for development, eager for economic stimulus and ready to embrace the future.