Skokie is located in the northeastern part of the state of Illinois and a city in Cook County. It is also a suburb of Chicago and is approximately 16 miles away in the northern part of downtown. In 1940, it was renamed to Skokie, after the Potawatomi word for "swamp," from its previous name Niles Center. The area was first settled by the immigrants that came from Germany and Luxembourg in 1834. The city was developed as a trading center during its early years. It was also majorly known for its greenhouse produce. The economic development started to boom in the 1920s after the extension of the railroad services to the area from Chicago. The influx and the development of the light industry began after the end of World War II, and the printing and publishing industry became an important industry when the mapmaker Rand McNally and Company moved its international headquarters in Skokie.
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