Stillman Valley is one of the four finalists in the 2016 Small Town Showdown. Here are some reasons why this small town deserves your vote.

5 Things You Didn't Know About: Stillman Valley, Illinois
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    Jupiterimages, Thinkstock

    Former NBA player Dan Godfread went to Stillman Valley High

    Dan, already a standout player at the University of Evansville, played center for both the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1990-91 season and for the Houston Rockets in the 1991-92 season. Dan also played for the Rockford Lighting. (source: Wikipedia)

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    Public Domain, Wikipedia

    North Dakota's 8th governor was born in Stillman Valley

    From 1901-1905 Stillman Valley-born Frank White was governor of North Dakota. He also served as United States treasurer from 1921-1928. Frank was born in December of 1856. (source: Wikipedia)

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    Public Domain

    Stillman Valley gets its name from an Army soldier & a creek

    While Stillman Valley is named after the creek that runs through it, the creek is named after US Army Maj. Isaiah Stillman who died in the first battle of the Blackhawk War in 1832. (source:

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    Thinkstock Images

    In 1976, Stillman Valley elected an 18 year-old mayor

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    Public domain

    Stillman-native George Bird played Major League Baseball for the Rockford Forest Citys

    In 1871 George was a center-fielder for the Rockford Forest Citys, one of the first professional baseball teams. Rockford played for one season during the National Association inaugural year of 1871. (source: wikipedia)

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