LIVING IN O’FALLON, ILLINOIS

A WORD FROM MAYOR HERB ROACH


 

The City of O’Fallon is a progressive city that has become the leading destination for families and commerce.  We are proud of our heritage of providing the best quality of life for our residents, the top schools in the region and an open and inviting environment for all.

With over 31,000 residents, we are the epicenter for commerce in the upper east end of St. Louis.  We have a diverse spectrum of businesses including the new healthcare highway, mix of local and national retail businesses, recreation and professional as well nearby Scott Air Force Base.

As Mayor, my door is always open to everyone.  We welcome all to our city and stand ready to work with you.

 

Herb Roach

Mayor of O’Fallon

WELCOME TO O’FALLON


In the St. Louis Metropolitan East area, O’Fallon (population 28,396 per 2010 Census) is one of the fastest growing communities and has earned the reputation as a great place to call home. Located just 15-20 minutes from downtown St. Louis, O’Fallon is the premier community in St. Clair County offering quality housing and a wide range of businesses and services. Interstate 64 runs through O’Fallon and currently offers three, and soon to be four, interchanges providing great accessibility for customers and commuters alike. Due to its close proximity to Scott Air Force Base, O’Fallon is home to many veterans, defense contractors, and active duty military personnel.

EMPLOYMENT

With quick interstate access, growing neighborhoods, and excellent education, O’Fallon is an unparalleled location in the Metro East to locate a business and its employees. The City’s major employers include businesses in the defense, finance, retail and healthcare industries. The Hospital Sisters Health System started construction on their $300 million hospital with 144 patient rooms and a regional medical campus near Interstate 64 in 2015. In April 2016, Memorial Hospital, which partners with BJC Health-systems completed construction on its $124 million, 94 bed satellite hospital in neighboring Shiloh, adjacent to the southern border of O’Fallon — continuing the St. Louis’ Healthcare Highway into O’Fallon. O’Fallon is the front door to Scott Air Force Base, a military installation that directly employs more than 13,000 military and civilian workers, supports over 18,000 military retirees, and indirectly employs another 25,000. The base supports a direct and indirect payroll of almost $2.4 billion dollars and provides a $3 billion annual economic impact to the region.

RECREATION

O’Fallon is blessed with great recreational facilities, a superb community park system, and unparalleled sports programs. The crown jewel is the 200 acre Family Sports Park. Known as “recreational tourism,” the park functions as a destination for sports teams to travel to O’Fallon, stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, and shop in our stores. The sports park attracts local and national tournaments throughout the year and appeals to local recreation leagues throughout the week. O’Fallon is filled with numerous neighborhood parks scattered throughout the City. On the eastern side of O’Fallon, the new Four-Points Center now offers two NHL size ice rinks and a full aquatic center for competition diving and swimming.

EDUCATION

O’Fallon is known throughout the region for its excellence in education at all levels. Our students consistently score above average in state testing. There are two public elementary school districts: Central District 104 and District 90. The Central School District, serving 600 students, consists of kindergarten through eighth grade, while District 90 serves more than 3,200 students, also kindergarten through eighth grade. The community has two private schools, seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two campuses of O’Fallon Township High School District 203, serving 2,500 students, which is ranked one of the best in the country by the U.S. Department of Education.

BUSINESSES

Shopping, dining and entertainment abound in O’Fallon. According to ESRI, there are over 1,100 businesses that operate in the city and more open their doors each month. In addition to national retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Gander Mountain, and Menard’s, O’Fallon is also home to locally grown and operated businesses including the newly opened Bella Milano and Peel Pizza. O’Fallon offers a state-of-the-art 15 screen movie theater and is home to numerous auto dealerships. The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce offers business members an opportunity to join in their mission, “to welcome, unite, and promote business in the community by fostering economic growth.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED

• O’Fallon Township High School (OTHS) has been nationally recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in Illinois and received a bronze medal award, which recognizes high-performing schools based on state exam performance.

• O’Fallon Township High School’s average ACT score for the graduating class of 2014 was 23.1, placing the school in the top eight percent (8%) of the schools in the State of Illinois, and it is competitive with high-performing high schools across the country. In addition, the school’s average ACT score was the highest score earned in the St. Louis Metro East area.

• O’Fallon and the surrounding communities were the recipients of the prestigious Abilene Trophy for the extensive support demonstrated for the Airmen of Scott Air Force Base and their families during 2012 and 2014.

• In 2016, The City of O’Fallon was ranked as the fifth best community in Illinois for young families by WalletHub, a consumer advocacy site. Out of the 162 cities studied by WalletHub, O’Fallon was ranked second in Housing Affordability, fifth in General Affordability, 35th in Percentage of Families with Children Under 18 and 36th in Number of Playgrounds per 100,000 Residence.

• O’Fallon also received recognition at a national level ranking as the 103rd best small city in America out of 1,268 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000. O’Fallon was ranked 30th in America in education and health according to WalletHub.

• Scott Air Force Base was listed as the top place to be stationed and to live in the country by the Air Force Times.

• O’Fallon’s AA+ Bond Rating puts it at the top 94% of all cities, parks, counties and school districts in Illinois and one of the top in the Metro East area. As of January 2015, O’Fallon is one of only two cities in the Metro East area with this high of a bond rating.

• O’Fallon Sports Park Splash Pad was the recipient of the award for design and implementation from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

• O’Fallon Garden Club was the recipient of the Outstanding Sustainability/ Conservation Award from the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association’s Award and Recognition Program.

• O’Fallon is part of the Highway 64/40 corridor, with more than $2.6 billion in developments related to healthcare, labeled as the St. Louis Region’s “Health-care Highway” by the St. Louis Business Journal.

• O’Fallon was ranked as the 5th happiest city in Illinois in a study by CreditDonkey. The study was based on restaurants, crime levels, commute time, and household income.

DOWNTOWN O’FALLON


 

Downtown O’Fallon is the historical and eclectic heart of O’Fallon. Centered around Lincoln Avenue and State Street, Downtown O’Fallon is comprised of historic buildings that house numerous shops and restaurants in an easily walkable location. During the year, Downtown O’Fallon is home to numerous street festivals and parades which draw thousands of residents and visitors to its beautiful, cozy streets. Downtown O’Fallon is home to a multitude of civic facilities including the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, O’Fallon City Hall, The O’Fallon Historical Museum, and the Downtown O’Fallon Caboose.

Downtown O’Fallon also serves as a business center for many of O’Fallon’s restaurants including Sweet Katie Bee’s Cupcake and Coffee Bar, Wood Bakery, Gia’s Pizzeria, Shooter’s BBQ, Hemingway’s Zen Garden, and Peel Wood Fired Pizza. These and many more eateries cater to the masses that flock to many of the specialty shops, such as Salvatore Cincotta Photography, Fezziwig’s, Steven Mueller Florist shop, Opera House Mall, and a collection of consignment shops.

Downtown was the focus of two important planning activities in 2015. First the City worked with multiple resources to develop a Downtown O’Fallon Area Action Plan. The plan provided local officials, businesses and property owners with practical analysis on the current state of Downtown O’Fallon and a road map for reaching its full potential in the future. Through meeting with key stakeholders and over 1,100 responses to an online survey, the vision for Downtown O’Fallon was established, “Downtown O’Fallon will be a memorable and cherished place providing an active, walkable, mixed use district with unique community activities and commerce and offering O’Fallon residents and visitors a superior place to live, shop, dine, work and interact.”

GOVERNMENT


As a Home Rule City, O’Fallon functions as an aldermanic form of government by state statute. This means that the mayor is elected at-large for a four-year term and is the chief executive officer. Two aldermen are elected for each of the city’s seven wards, making a total of 14. The mayor presides over City Council meetings, but does not vote except in the case of a tie. The Mayor and City Council Members serve part-time. In order for the City to be run efficiently and professionally, the Mayor appoints the City Administrator with the consent of the City Council. The City Council establishes policy and law, and the City Administrator handles the day-to-day management of the City organization.

The City Administrator is the Chief Operating Officer of the City government and is in charge of the operations of the City. When the City Council makes a decision on an ordinance, law, or policy, the City Administrator is responsible for implementing those policies. The City Administrator recommends employee appointments to the Mayor.

The Administrator is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council. The Annual Budget as adopted by Council provides funding, staffing, and general guidance to the City Departments for the fiscal year.

The City of O’Fallon owns and operates its own water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure and maintains AA+ bond rating by Standard & Poor’s. O’Fallon has had a balanced budget and revenues that have exceeded expenses for fifteen consecutive years.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


The O’Fallon—Shiloh Chamber of Commerce has been a joint-partnership with the O’Fallon and Shiloh business community since 2010, with over 500 members. The Chamber’s mission is to welcome, unite, and promote business in the community by fostering economic growth for two of the fastest growing communities in the metropolitan St. Louis area. The Chamber continues to promote business opportunities afforded to the O’Fallon area because of the diverse, charming small-town appeal and popular home choice for military members of Scott Air Force Base.

The Chamber is extremely active in the community and promotes the vision of the business community. The Chamber promotes continued growth within the business community by hosting several events on a monthly basis, including Business After Hours and Business Over Breakfast, as well as celebrating the successes of businesses with an Annual Salute to Business Awards Luncheon and community outreach programs.

For more information on the multiple services provided by the O’Fallon—Shiloh Chamber of Commerce visit the website at www.ofallonchamber.com or contact the Chamber at 618- 632-3377.

PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES


POLICE DEPARTMENT

The O’Fallon Police Department is an award winning department consisting of 44 sworn officers and 41 support staff. The department offers several innovative programs, including the Citizens Police Academy and Crime Free Rental Housing Program. The Police Department is located at the new 7,000 square foot Public Safety Facility at 285 North Seven Hills Road. O’Fallon remains among the safest communities in St. Clair County. The percent of violent crimes (5.3%) in O’Fallon is well below the Illinois State average (15%). The O’Fallon Police Department is dedicated to proactively solving problems and protecting life and property through education, prevention, and enforcement.


FIRE DEPARTMENT

The O’Fallon Fire Department is organized to provide a highly trained, rapid response fire rescue force to meet the needs of residents and visitors in one of the fastest growing areas in Southern Illinois. These services include fire prevention, fire suppression and vehicle extrication. The O’Fallon Fire Department is dedicated to providing top quality service through training and experience. The Department instills in its members the courage to confront perils. The ability to remain on the cutting edge of technology makes the O’Fallon Fire Department the first line of defense against disaster. The O’Fallon Fire Department consists of four fulltime employees and 46 volunteer firefighters located throughout O’Fallon’s three fire houses. The new Fire Headquarters and EMS Facility on Taylor Road was completed in 2015. O’Fallon’s current ISO rating is four (4).


EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS)

The purpose of O’Fallon’s EMS department is to provide quality emergency medical services to all persons within the corporate limits of the City of O’Fallon and the Rural Fire Protection District. O’Fallon is unique in the region with taxpayer-supported EMS services. Currently, there are 28 members of O’Fallon’s EMS Team. O’Fallon’s Police, Fire, and EMS combine to make up the Public Safety Department, led by the Director of Public Safety.


TRANSPORTATION


O’Fallon is located directly off I-64 with three (soon to be four) interchanges providing easy access for commuting. O’Fallon is only a short 15-20 minute drive from downtown St. Louis.

The region also has an effective mass transportation grid that features MetroLink, the area’s commuter rail system that connects O’Fallon to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the Downtown St. Louis area. O’Fallon’s closest MetroLink stop is at Scott Air Force Base.

O’Fallon citizens also benefit from the nearby MidAmerica Airport which offers flights to many popular vacation destination via Allegiant Air. This small-scale airport offers free parking, competitive pricing, and no long security lines. For all other flights, Lambert International Airport can service all your needs.

O’FALLON SCHOOLS


The City of O’Fallon, one of the fastest-growing cities in Southwestern Illinois, has seen growth fueled by the City’s location within commuting distance of St. Louis. In addition to the commuters, the area is also home to many personnel from nearby Scott Air Force Base. This growth has made O’Fallon a highly desirable community offering an affordable and safe place to live, along with the amenities families with children look for—like great schools. O’Fallon is consistently rated as one of the top communities in which to live and in 2015 was ranked 103rd overall best small city in America and 30th in education and health out of 1,268 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000.


O’FALLON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL (OTHS) DISTRICT #203

Serving students in an area of fifty square miles in St. Clair County, OTHS has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of the finest high schools in the country. District #203 has a student body of 2,500, an assessed valuation of $880 million, and an annual budget of $33 million.

OTHS has a faculty and administration of 161 professionals with over 70 having master degrees and 6 Doctorates. Eighteen members of the faculty have earned National Board Teacher Certification. Members of the faculty consistently earn state and national awards. OTHS is the only school in Illinois south of Champaign-Urbana to receive the United States Department of Education National Secondary School Award.

Approximately 70% of OTHS graduates enroll directly into a four-year college or university. Approximately 27% enroll in a community college. With 100% of the students taking the ACT test, scores far exceed the state and national averages, with an average ACT score of 23.1. In 2015, 112 of OTHS seniors were recognized as Illinois State Scholars, one National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant Appointments, and 12 U.S. Military Academy appointments. Scholarship offers to the graduating class of 2015 exceeded $35.8 million. The schools efforts resulted in earning two College and Career Transition Awards in 2015 for earning one of the highest ACT averages in the state with one of the lowest instructional costs per pupil and for the scholarship offers awarded to the graduating class of 2015.

OTHS provides over 50 extracurricular activities for students including Marching Band, Show Choir, Creative Writing Club, Broadcast Club, Madrigal Choir, Scholar Bowl, Future Business Leaders of America, Drama Club, and Model United Nations, plus 26 competitive sports. Over 65% of the students participate in at least one activity.


PRIVATE SCHOOLS

O’Fallon has a choice of private schools. Saint Clare Catholic School serves 420 students (grades PK—8) and is affiliated with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). First Baptist Academy serves grades K—12, and is affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).


CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT #104

The mission of Central School District #104 is to “Imagine, Inspire & Achieve.” Central School District #104 offers excellent academic programs to its students including art, music, computers and PE. Teachers utilize computers and Promethean Boards to supplement traditional lessons. Joseph Arthur Middle School offers a 1-1 computer program for its students.

The character education program encourages a positive learning environment that fosters social and emotional growth. Smaller student population allows for smaller class sizes, extra attention, and understanding for students and their families. Many extracurricular opportunities are also available to the students. Central School District #104 fosters diversity and takes great pride in the family atmosphere that it creates. The newly renovated Central Elementary School and recently constructed Joseph Arthur Middle School are state of the art.


O’FALLON SCHOOL DISTRICT #90

District #90 has a student body of 3,505, grades K—8. District #90 has 190 certified teachers located at 7 facilities in O’Fallon – 5 elementary schools, and 2 junior high schools. District #90 routinely meets and exceeds Illinois standardized testing scores. In 2014, nearly 72% of students exceeded Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) guidelines (Illinois average: 59%).


HIGHER EDUCATION


SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE (SWIC)

SWIC is the fifth largest community college in Illinois with campuses in Belleville, Granite City, and Red Bud, plus 20 off-campus sites throughout the district, including Scott Air Force Base and East St. Louis Community College Center. The college offers more than 150 diverse programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree or directly to employment. SWIC also serves the community through Community Education, Programs and Services for Older Persons, and Corporate and Career Training. SWIC’s main campus in Belleville is located 8 miles from O’Fallon’s City Center.


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE (SIUE)

SIUE, located 18 miles from O’Fallon, is a four-year, coeducational public university in Edwardsville, Illinois. SIUE’s athletic teams, known as the SIUE Cougars, participate in the NCAA at the Division I level. The university is classified as a Master’s college and university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. SIUE has a student population of 14,235 (2011), an endowment of $16.4 million (2011), and over 91,000 living alumni that have gone on to prominent careers in government, business, science, medicine, education, sports, and entertainment. SIUE offers 65 baccalaureate degrees, 8 postbaccalaureate certificates, 49 master’s degrees, 12 post-master’s or specialist certificates, and doctoral degrees in Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Educational Leadership and Nursing Practice.


MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY

McKendree University is a private liberal arts college located five miles from O’Fallon in Lebanon, Illinois. Founded in 1828, it is the oldest college in Illinois. McKendree enrolls approximately 3,000 students (2013) and has an endowment of $28.2 million (2010). McKendree confers degrees from four colleges and schools and offers over 40 undergraduate majors, 38 minors, and master’s degrees in four areas. In 2011, McKendree was ranked 20th in Regional Midwest Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and was deemed a Tier I University. McKendree has been fully accredited by the North Central Association of Higher Learning Commission since 1915.


LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE

LU-Belleville, is a private, four-year liberal arts university. It is a full-fledged, standalone sister college of Lindenwood University with an enrollment of around 1,900 students (2013). LU-Belleville offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business administration, human resource management, corporate communication, criminal justice, and professional counseling through both, day and evening programs for working adults. LUBelleville is located nine miles from O’Fallon in Belleville, Illinois.

PARKS & RECREATION


O’Fallon is fortunate to have great parks and recreation programs that provide quality services, facilities, and imaginative approaches to recreational and natural resource opportunities. Over the past ten years, O’Fallon’s collection of parks, bike trails and nature preserves have blossomed into a leader in the St. Louis Metro East area. O’Fallon’s crown jewel is its Family Sports Park. This world-class facility sits on 200 acres, boasting state-of-the art tournament baseball fields with advanced sports lighting, postmodern pavilions and concession buildings, artificial turf soccer fields a 2.5-mile walking trail, an expansive playground, and beautiful fountains and ponds. Known as “recreational tourism,” the park functions as a destination for sports teams to travel to O’Fallon, stay in its hotels, eat in its restaurants, and shop in its stores.

The City of O’Fallon will soon benefit from an $9 million regional project that will create an 8 mile trail connection that will link Downtown O’Fallon to over 130 miles of pedestrian/bike trails in Madison County via the MCT Goshen Trail. The project is now under construction and is expected to be completed in 2018.

AREA ATTRACTIONS


LOCAL SPORTS VENUES

St. Louis, located 14 miles from O’Fallon is home to two major sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium) and the St. Louis Blues (Scottrade Center). When these venues are not holding a game, they are used for various events such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences, and tournaments. Gateway Motorsports Park, located in Madison, Illinois, is home to multiple races each year including the NHRA’s Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series and NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. The St. Louis Region also has a collection of other professional and semi-professional sports teams in soccer, baseball, tennis, football, basketball, rugby, and roller derby.


ST. LOUIS FOREST PARK

Forest Park is a public park located in the western part of St. Louis. It is a prominent civic center and covers 1,371 acres, making it larger than New York City’s Central Park. Forest Park, which opened in 1876, has hosted several significant events, including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, informally known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, and the 1904 Summer Olympics. The park is known as the “Heart of St. Louis” and features a variety of attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. The St. Louis Zoo is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Best of all, admission is free.



ST. LOUIS CITY MUSEUM

The City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis. Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel.” Visitors are encouraged to feel, touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits. The City Museum has been named one of the “great public spaces” by the Project for Public Spaces, and has won other local and international awards as a must-see destination. It has been described as “a wild, singular vision of an oddball artistic mind” and has been compared to the similarly individualistic Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.


THE FABULOUS FOX THEATRE

The Fox Theatre, a former movie palace, is a performing arts center located on Grand Blvd. in St. Louis. Also known as “The Fabulous Fox,” it is situated in the arts district of the Grand Center area in Midtown St. Louis, one block north of Saint Louis University. The Fox was built in 1929 by movie pioneer William Fox as a showcase for the films of the Fox Film Corporation and elaborate stage shows. It was one of a group of five spectacular Fox Theatres built by Fox in the late 1920s. The Fox Theatre is listed as a St. Louis Landmark and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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