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Bradley is a village in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. It is a suburb of the City of Kankakee. The population was 12,784 at the 2000 census, 15,070 in 2009, and 15,871 in 2012.Bradley is a principal city of the Kankakee - Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kankakee County. The county is also part of the larger Chicago - Naperville - Michigan City, IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area.GeographyBradley is located at .According to the 2010 census, Bradley has a total area of 7.24sqmi, all land.HistoryIn 1891, North Kankakee was established when the David Bradley Plow Works established a factory, and in recognition of this, in 1895, the town changed its name to Bradley City (later Bradley). Bradley was mostly a blue collar town with the Kroehler Furniture factory and the Roper Corporation factory (maker of kitchen ranges and ovens; part of their operations were in the building that David Bradley once occupied) being the major employers. In the 1980s, as with the rest of the Midwest, these factories closed, and after their closures, parts of those factories burned to the ground. However, by the end of the decade, things changed. In 1989, a new shopping center called Bradley Square was built with Wal-Mart as the first tenant, and more shops followed. The brightest spot in the village's history came on August 1, 1990, when Northfield Square Mall opened. Bradley was poised to attract business. Since that time, the village has been growing. Now, many businesses inhabit the area.Bradley is in Illinois (IL). Customize your holiday with our United States online sightseeing planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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