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Manteno, Illinois 

Manteno is a village located in Kankakee County, Illinois, within the United States. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 9,210. The village is a component of the Kankakee-Bourbonnais-Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Origin of the Village Name

The name "Manteno" originates from Manteno (Mawteno), a name bearing Potawatomi roots, attributed to the daughter of Francois Bourbonnais, Jr. This connection places her as the granddaughter of the namesake for the city of Bourbonnais and the daughter of Francois' Potawatomi wife. The name Manteno is thought to be an adaptation of "manito" or "manitou," Potawatomi terms signifying "spirit." Early settler Oliver W. Barnard once poeticized her name as "Mantenau," while other historical references have recorded it as "Mawteno" and "Manteno."

Mawteno, being of Potawatomi heritage, was granted a tract of land in what is now Kankakee County, near Soldier Creek, under the Treaty of Tippecanoe in 1832.


Initially, both Kankakee and Iroquois counties were part of Will County, Illinois. Following a successful petition by the citizens of Kankakee in 1853, the Illinois State Legislature allowed its incorporation.

What is now Manteno was originally the eastern half of Rockville township. On March 12, 1855, the county board of supervisors approved a petition for this area to become the township of Manteno.

The village officially became incorporated in 1869.