Blue Island, city (1990 pop. 21,203), Cook co., NE Ill., a residential and industrial suburb of Chicago, on the Little Calumet River; inc. 1843. It has oil refineries, railroad yards and shops, canneries, and plants that manufacture steel products, plastics, fluorescent ballasts, electronic equipment, and chemicals.
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