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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The Dixon City Council held a lengthy and in depth discussion Monday night dealing with a proposed solar farm to be located on the city line. During the City Manager portion of the meeting the council discussed the Petition of Marvin Gerdes to Lee County for a special use permit in connection with a solar…read more »
Kreider Services is hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 23 from 1-2 pm at their newest home for adults with Autism. The home is located at 325 Countryside Lane. Nearly two years ago, Kreider Services began the process of building a new residential home on the land behind the Accessibility Park at 500 Anchor…read more »
The Nature Conservancy of Illinois spied a couple of very special visitors who stopped by Nachusa Grasslands! There are only 757 whooping cranes remaining in the world and two that were reintroduced by the International Crane Foundation were spotted at the preserve. This may be the first time we’ve witnessed whooping cranes, American bison, and…read more »
In an effort to bring the State of Illinois into the 21st century, State Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon sponsored legislation designed to modernize how the state deals with substance abuse treatment. Demmer said these changes will eliminate all stigmatizing references, definitions and mandates to better reflect contemporary standards. Demmer stated the antiquated language and…read more »
Alan “Al” Dowell Stephens, 69, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018, at his home. He worked for Illinois American Water Company in Sterling for 40 years in different departments, retiring as a technician. Alan was born July 31, 1949, in Peoria, IL, the son of Horace Dowell and Gladys Mae (Doyle) Stephens. …read more »
Jeffrey Vernon Lenihan, age 62, of Princeton, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his home. Jeffrey was born January 4, 1956 in Princeton the son of Roger and Grace (Butts) Lenihan. He was employed in computer software sales. Survivors include daughter, Erin Lenihan of Chicago and son, Troy Lenihan of New Orleans, LA. He was…read more »