Dixon is a city and the county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,733 as of the 2010 census, down from 15,941 in 2000. The city is named after founder John Dixon, who operated a rope ferry service across Rock River, which runs through the city. The Illinois General Assembly designated Dixon as “Petunia Capital of Illinois” in 1999 and “The Catfish Capital of Illinois” in 2009.
Dixon is the boyhood home of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The city is also the site of the Lincoln Monument State Memorial, marking the spot where Abraham Lincoln joined the Illinois militia at Fort Dixon in 1832 during the Black Hawk War. The memorial is located on the west side of Dixon’s main north-south street, Galena Avenue, (U.S. Highway 52, also Illinois Route 26), north of the Rock River.
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Monday afternoon the Dixon Park Board met in emergency session because they had to make a decision and a commitment. The single question the board members had to decide upon was whether or not to continue to seek a $2.5 million PARC grant. This grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, if they received…read more »
The weather was brisk Monday afternoon and it was sunny. This turned out to be perfect weather for ice skating. The Dixon Park District held the official opening of the Ice Skating Rink at Page Park. Several kids as well as Park District members were on hand. One of those on hand was Park Board…read more »
It was in January 2018 that Sinnissippi announced it would open its first Recovery Home in Dixon. That Recovery Home provides 10 beds for men facing a substance use disorder who need extended support staying clean and sober. So far 24 individuals have come to the Recovery Home to change their lives. Now Sinnissippi Centers…read more »
Dixon School Superintendent Margo Empen said she was extremely proud of the hard work of the young adults who were involved in this year’s CEO Global Gala. The event was held at the Post House Ballroom in Dixon. Empen said the event showed a great deal of diversity as well with the auctions, art and…read more »
Larry D. Pritchard, 70, of Dixon, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at home. He retired from Raynor in May of 2016 after 42 years and was a member of the Carpenters Union. Larry was born, September 22, 1949, in Sterling, IL, the son of Herbert and Ruby (Meyer) Pritchard. He was a…read more »
Frank Donald Swartz, 97, of Brodhead, WI, formerly of Dixon, IL, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020, at Wood’s Crossing-Wood’s Point in Brodhead, WI. He was a lifelong farmer in the Dixon area. Don was born, January 5, 1923, in Nelson, IL, the son of Frank and Ada (Spiegel) Swartz. He married Marion Wohrley on…read more »