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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.

Attribution: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon,_Illinois

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Roundtable Discussion Held to Look at Impact of New Minimum Wage

On March 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Dixon Chamber & Main Street will be hosting a roundtable discussion for businesses to explore the impacts of the increase in minimum wage. Professionals from Rock River Human Resource Professional Association and Manpower Staffing Services, and Professor of Economics, Erwin Antoni from Sauk Valley Community College…read more »

Spelling Bee 2019 Zeigler

Rebekah Zeigler From Polo Makes Spelling Bee History Which May Never Be Broken

The final word was Dalliance and with a very careful, but deliberate delivery the remaining contestant for the 2019 Lee-Ogle-Whiteside Regional Spelling Bee spoke the letters. Then with a slight pause for effect Moderator Tom Wadsworth boomed out the line Rebekah Zeigler has heard four times before: You’re going back to Washington. For an unprecedented…read more »


Area Representatives Respond to Governor’s 2020 Budget Proposal

In his first budget proposal as Illinois’ new Governor, J.B. Pritzker proposed a nearly $39 billion fiscal 2020 budget. The Governor said it will serve as a bridge to a stable fiscal future until they can change the income tax system. Democrats applauded the address, saying the Governor gave a realistic view of the state’s…read more »

Dixon Obituaries


Dr. Kate M. McDowell

Dr. Kate M. McDowell, DDS, of Broomfield, CO, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at age 40. She was born on Dec. 6, 1978, in Peoria, IL, to Kim and Mary (Slain) Brokaw of Dixon, IL.  She graduated Dixon High School in 1997, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University in 2001, and then earned her…read more »


Henry “Larry” Lawrence Knoll

Henry “Larry” Lawrence Knoll, 90, of Dixon, IL, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019, at his home in Dixon. After serving in the United States Army during World War II with the 101st Airborne, 514th Engineer – Philippine Scouts, 76th Engineers. When he returned home Larry starting working with WG Leffelman in Amboy and finished…read more »

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