from WBEZ’s history of Cicero… Lessons learned: low taxes should be a no brainer. Transportation’s impact on development is huge too. Forget high speed rail though, and focus on investments that ease the congestion of moving freight. That’s what made northern Illinois and still’s critical.
Cicero had excellent railroad transportation and low taxes. Industry was attracted to the town, and by the 1920s it became the state’s second largest manufacturing center. The population grew from 16,000 in 1900 to over 66,000 in 1930. By that time Cicero boasted 115 factories.