Bensenville, IL


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Bensenville is a village located primarily in DuPage County, Illinois, with a small section near O'Hare International Airport in Cook County, Illinois, overlapping into the city of Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 20,703. Bensenville is home to The Edge Ice Arena, home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team. The neighborhood has a diverse population. Also the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) junkyard on Green Street which has repeatedly played the same commercial, starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981. The Spilotro brothers were executed in a basement in Bensenville and buried in a cornfield in Indiana as depicted in the movie "Casino" which depicts the corruption at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci portrayed one of the Spilotro brothers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km²), all of it land. Some of the land within Bensenville is technically part of O'Hare Airport and belongs to the city of Chicago, though no people reside there. There are two cemeteries on O'Hare property that are connected with Bensenville churches. The cemeteries predate the airport by a considerable margin, and there has been significant litigation concerning O'Hare airport's desire to move the cemeteries for purposes of extending runways and the churches' desire to have the graves remain undisturbed.
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