The plant is in a quaint little town also named Braidwood. If you looked forever, you couldn't find a better example of a small midwestern town. Corn and High School Football are king. You'd be straight down the interstate from Joliet and Chicago. The trip is around 20 minutes and 60 minutes respectively - depending on traffic and weather. There is so much housing going into the area that my info is obsolete. There was a boom of new home construction that is probably still going on.
It is the kind of place where you could raise kids for sure. Everywhere around has that small town environment, but you're only a short drive from America's Second City. So, even though you won't find a Starbucks on every corner (or any corner at all) you won't be starved for cultural events, sports, shopping, or night clubs. You'll just have to go a little ways to get to them. By the same token, you are a good hour or more away from traffic jams, street violence, and all the stuff that makes a "bad neighborhood".
Beware, however, the Illinois drivers. They pass on the right, make right-on-red turns without stopping, pull out into traffic... etc. It takes a while to get used to them.