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Road Closure

On Thursday, October 8th the Dixon Water Department will begin replacing a leaking water valve located in the intersection of North Galena Avenue and Everett Street. The northbound, outside lane on North Galena from Boyd St. to just past Everett St. will be closed. No through traffic will be permitted onto East Everett Street from Galena Avenue. Access to businesses located on East Everett will remain open via North Ottawa Avenue. The traffic control devices will be set up on Thursday after 1:00pm.

Work on the valve will begin at 1:00am Friday morning and Water Department personnel will remain on the job until the valve is replaced and the road is fully restored and reopened. The total estimated time to completion should not exceed 24 hours.

Please plan ahead as this closure may cause some brief delays in travel. Motorists who prefer to gain access to Galena Avenue with the assistance of a stop light are encouraged to use North Court Street.

Please understand that this work is being performed out of necessity rather than choice and your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please call Rusty Cox at 815-284-3009.  

2015 Trick-or-Treat Times

The Dixon Police Department announces the Trick-or-Treat times for children this Halloween Season will be on Saturday, October 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Department will have additional personnel working throughout the evening to assist and monitor the event. Citizens are also asked to illuminate their porch lights if they are participating in handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Any suspicious activity or candy should be reported to the Dixon Police Department at 288-4411. The Department reminds citizens to exercise extreme caution while driving that evening, and he also lists several safety recommendations to make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable one.

  • Wear light-colored clothing that is properly fitted to avoid the child from tripping. Reflective tape should also be incorporated into the costume if possible for safety and better visibility
  • Ensure that children can properly see through face masks, or use cosmetic face paint to increase the child’s visibility.
  • Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult while trick-or-treating
  • Flashlights and / or light sticks should be carried by children and adults while walking after sunset
  • Children should stay within their respective neighborhood and only accept candy from homes that they know
  • Children should only visit residences that have their porch light illuminated
  • Children should refrain from entering anyone’s home
  • Parents should inspect candy prior to allowing their children to consume it
  • Only properly packaged or wrapped candy should be accepted or given as gifts
  • Children in costumes should stay away from pets as it may not recognize the child and could become frightened.
  • Any obstacles or obstructions should also be removed from sidewalks and porches to prevent children from tripping and falling

2nd Annual Bags for the Brave a Huge Success

On Saturday September 5, 2015, the Dixon Police Department, along with the Lee County Honor Flight for Veterans hosted the 2nd Annual “Bags for the Brave” beanbag tournament. The event took place in the 100 block of West 1st Street, which also included entertainment from Dixon Mainstreet’s “Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival.” The tournament began with opening ceremonies, as 30 local veterans from the WWII and Korean War era were escorted into the festival grounds. The Dixon City Fire Department assisted with displaying a large American flag as the veterans’ procession was taking place. Over 30 teams played in the beanbag tournament, which featured corporate and open league divisions.

Prior to the start of the tournament, it was announced by Lee County Honor Flight’s Rich Sanders that the Dixon Police Department would be an official sponsor of an entire Honor Flight in the spring of 2016, due to the amount of money raised in the event’s first two years. Last year’s fundraiser accumulated just under $16,000, and with donations still coming in for this year, the current amount is nearly $23,000 and climbing! Dixon Police Department’s Aaron Simonton, who helped start the event, said that he was very grateful for the overwhelming support from the nearly 60 sponsors who helped make the event such a success. “Today is a perfect example of how much the citizens and businesses of our community support our veterans, and with this fundraiser, they are doing it in a big way,” said Simonton. “We feel that with the partnership with Dixon Mainstreet, this event will continue to grow and benefit the veterans of Lee County.”       

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2015 Street Projects

Click here to see a map of the 2015 Dixon street projects.


Welcome to Dixon Illinois.

Located along the scenic Rock River in northwestern Illinois, Dixon is a thriving community of 16,000, and serves as the county seat of Lee County. At the hub of four major highways and one interstate, Dixon is the economic center of the county and an important focus for agriculture, industry, service, retail, recreation and residential growth.

Dixon’s history dates back to 1828 when Joseph Ogee settled at the site of what is now known as Dixon. Two years later, “Father” John Dixon came to the area, purchased Ogee’s land claims and continued the establishment of a settlement by operating a ferry across the beautiful Rock River.

In 1832, a young Abraham Lincoln marched up the Rock River Valley at the head of the Sangamon County Volunteers. He and his troops were mustered in at Fort Dixon to fight in the Blackhawk Indian Wars. Fort Dixon was located on the north bank of the Rock River, and the spot is now marked with a bronze statue of Lincoln.

It is hard to think of Dixon without associating the name of her most famous son, Ronald Wilson Reagan. The former President is wellknown for calling Dixon his hometown, and he spent his formative years in Dixon attending its schools and spending summers as a lifeguard at the Lowell Park Beach. Dixon was instrumental in forming the character of our 40th President.



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