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Joliet, Illinois is a city located in both Will and Kendall counties. The town originally bore the name Juliet, possibly a corruption of the name of French Canadian explorer Louis Joliet (1645-1700). (The nearby village of Romeoville was named as a companion.) It is the county seat of Will County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 106,221; a 2003 special census revealed the city's population to be 120,782.

Situated approximately 40 miles southwest of central Chicago, Joliet has long been a significant transportation hub. It lies on both sides of the Des Plaines River, a major waterway in Chicagoland, and was one of the principal ports on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern (EJ&E) railroad came through in the 1850s, and the Santa Fe line soon followed. U.S. Highways 6 (the Grand Army of the Republic Highway), 30 (the Lincoln Highway), 45, 52, and 66 (Route 66) all ran through the city. In the 1960s, Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 made their way through Joliet, linking up near Channahon just west of the city limits.

Joliet geography

Joliet is located at 41°31'59" North, 88°6'32" West (41.533030, -88.108933). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 99.3 km² (38.3 mi²). 98.6 km² (38.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.76% water.

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The famous Joliet Prison (now closed) is near downtown on Collins Street, and the Joliet Arsenal (now the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie) is in nearby Elwood. Stateville Correctional Center, the principal maximum security prison for the state of Illinois, is located in the neighboring city of Crest Hill. The Rialto Theater, a favorite haunt of Al Capone, is on Chicago Street in downtown. There are two casinos in Joliet: the Empress Casino, near Channahon and Rockdale, and a Harrah's hotel and casino downtown.

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