Plano is a city in Kendall County, Illinois, United States near Aurora, Illinois, with a population of 5,633 at the 2000 census. The city is rapidly growing with new subdivisions such as Lakewood Springs completed and several other developments under construction or in the planning stages. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert lives at a farm north of Plano. According to the Beacon News, a local newspaper in nearby Aurora, Warner Bros. decided to use Plano during 2011 for filming the new movie, "Superman: Man of Steel," scheduled for release in 2013.
Plano is the birthplace of the Reaper. In July, 1831, Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the mechanical reaper, known as the Plano Harvester. This harvester combined all the steps included in earlier harvesting machines, and McCormick's time-saving invention allowed farmers to more than double their crop size and spurred innovations in farm machinery.
Plano was the one-time headquarters for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now known as Community of Christ). Joseph Smith III, son of slain LDS movement founder Joseph Smith, Jr., moved to Plano in 1866 and ran the church's printing operation from there.