Dixon City News

Apr 2014

Dixon Business Competition Press Release

Dixon to host Business Competition to spur Entreprenuers - $10,000 in prize money and free rent as part of the winnings offered.

For the full Press Release, click here

Mar 2014

Volunteers Needed for Library and Tourism Boards

Are you interested in serving your community?  The City of Dixon has many volunteer boards that make the City run efficiently in serving the residents and tax payers.  The City currently has board openings on the Library and Tourism Boards.  If interested, please send a brief resume to the mayor's office at 121 W. Second Street or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mayor Jim Burke

Feb 2014

ComEd Assistance Program

ComEd has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds in 2014 to help customers facing financial hardship pay their electric bill. Through April 1, 2014 ComEd has adjusted the eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs for eligible residents including seniors, veterans and activated members of the armed services. In addition, the company is now offering flexible budget billing and flexible deferred payment agreement options to assist customers receiving higher than normal bills in light of the severe cold weather blanketing northern Illinois.

To apply for ComEd's Residential Special Hardship grant, or the State sponsored assistance programs, such as LIHEAP, customers should visit a local LIHEAP Agency. For more information on any of ComEd's assistance programs or to enroll in ComEd's bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE for more information.

Click here to view comEd's informational flyer.

Feb 2014

Drug and Alcohol Presentation


The drug and alcohol parent academy scheduled for tonight, Thurday, February 20th, has been postponed due to the impending severe weather forecasted for tonight.  We will be working with the school to reschedule this great presentation.


The Dixon Police Department in conjunction with the Dixon Public Schools would like to announce an informative community presentation. The presentation will take place on Thursday February 20th at 6:00pm in the auditorium of the Dixon High School. Dixon High School is located at 300 Lincoln Statue Drive, Dixon, Illinois 61021.

The topic of the presentation will be the awareness and dangers of drugs and alcohol. The emphasis will be on the dangers, penalties, and warning signs pertaining to students and illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol. The hosts of the presentation will be officers from the Dixon Police Department's Detective Division.

The presentation is open to the public and if free of charge. The presentation should last about an hour and half and there will be a question session after. There will also be members of the Dixon Public Schools attending. For further information or questions please contact Officer Anthony Quadraro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Dixon Police Department at 815/288-4411.

Jan 2014

Goals for 2014

2014 is going to be a year of great progress and change in the City of Dixon. Here are goals and opportunities, when realized, that will enhance our quality of life and demonstrate that Dixon is one of the most progressive cities in the State of Illinois. If you are interested in getting involved in any one of these endeavors or supporting, please contact me at City Hall. Thank you.

Mayor Jim G. Burke

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 288-1485
Fax: 288-5945

• Complete Central Business District streetscape project

• Raise $200,000 for bronze Reagan lifeguard statue in Lowell Park and start construction.  Click here to view the concept drawing of the Reagan Statue.

• Continue expanded street repaving program under Street Commissioner Jeff Kuhn

• Obtain national designation of being a bike friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists

• Conduct independent review and analysis of City's financial control system.

• Complete 5-year strategic plan by elected and appointed officials

• Seek and obtain public support for a first-class waterpark incorporated into Veterans Memorial Pool

• Complete the merger of the Riverfront Commission and Dixon Main Street

• Continue prudent financial management policy and efficient operation of City departments by professional, well-trained employees

• Replace the soil and restart the petunia planting program along the arterial streets through the City of Dixon

• Create a City Council appointed task force to develop a master plan for growing the population

• Create a City Council appointed task force to work with the Airport Board to develop a comprehensive master plan for Walgreen Field

• Continue to financially support LCIDA, Dixon Main Street, The Next Picture Show Fine Arts Center and Dixon Tourism

• Work with Main Street, the Historic Dixon Theatre and other groups to make Dixon a mecca for the performing arts in Northern Illinois

• Develop an innovative entrepreneurship support program for high school students, adults and new startup businesses

• Adopt a code of ethics for the City Council, appointed board members and all City employees

• Redecorate City Hall and design and construct exterior signage

• Refurbish the Galena Avenue bridge railings and street light poles under the direction of Commissioner Brechon


Dec 2013

Even/Odd Parking in Effect

On Monday, December 9, 2013, the Even/Odd Parking ordinance will be in effect. Due to the snow fall all cars within the city will be required to park on the odd side of the road, starting today and to continue to follow the Even/Odd Parking regulations until the snow has been cleared from their block. This does not apply to the downtown business district.

As a reminder the fine for "Snow Parking" violations is $75.00 and the vehicles will be towed. If anyone has questions about this ordinance, please contact the Dixon Police Department at 815/288-4411 or go to www.dixonpd.com.

Nov 2013

Volunteers Needed for Several City Boards

To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what Dixon can do for you, but what you can do for Dixon".

Would you like to serve your community?

The City of Dixon has a number of important boards that are essential to a smooth running, productive city.  Click here for a listing of City Boards. The positions are volunteer but provide the satisfaction of knowing one is contributing to a greater Dixon.  Some boards have vacancies and others are filled at this time.  If you are interested in applying for an appointed position, now or in the future, on any of the listed boards, please pick up an application from City Clerk Kathe Swanson, 121 West Second Street, or click here to view the application.

For questions, contact the Mayor's office at 815-288-1485 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Most boards don't require that one has to live in the city limits.

Thank you.

Mayor Burke

Nov 2013

Raising Funds for Riverfront

The Dixon Riverfront Commission met Tuesday, November 12, 2013 to discuss revenue sources and a draft of a grant.  Click here to view the Sauk Valley Newspaper article.

Aug 2013

Donations Needed for New Fire Safety Trailer

The Dixon Fire Department needs your help in funding the purchase of a new Fire Safety Trailer.  This trailer would be used for Fire Prevention Education in area schools, fairs, festivals and civic organizations.

Click here to view the brochure.

Jul 2013

Ronald Reagan Lifeguard Statue Project

From 1926 through 1932 Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard at the beach along the Rock River in Lowell Park near Dixon.  Now Dixon Mayor Jim Burke is spearheading efforts to create, design and construct a 7-foot bronze statue of a young Ronald Reagan overlooking the beach site and river in the park. Click here to view the concept drawing of the Reagan Statue.

The well-known photo of Reagan in his lifeguard shirt in the beatiful 200-acre park was taken by a Dixon lady, now deceased.  A core committee of Dixon residents has met with sculptors and representatives of Rottblatt-Amrany Studio of Highwood, Illinois.  The studio is nationally known for sculpting statues of Michael Jordan in front of the United Center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, Harry Carey, Wrigley Field, and Vince Lombardi, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The estimated Reagan Statue cost is $120,000 with design, casting and construction to take 10-12 months.  The Mayor is asking Dxion Tourism to spearhead and raise funding for the project.

Lowell Park is a national historic site and the Rock River with 3 miles of frontage through the center of Dixon is a national waterway trail.

Contact person: Mayor Jim Burke
Phone:  815-288-1485
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Jul 2013

ComEd Fact Sheet

Click here to view a ComEd fact sheet regarding the capabilities, price to market and track record of ComEd as a provider of electric utilities.

Mar 2013

Petunia Festival - Through the Years

Dixon Tourism would like to send kudos to the Petunia Festival Board and Volunteers for all they do and have done to attract visitors to our community!  The Dixon Petunia Festival is typically held the last week of June and the first week in July, ending on or around July 4th.  Depending on how the dates fall.  The festival offers a wide variety of activities and attractions for all ages. 

For years the Petunia Festival Country Concert was held at the City Airport - Walgreen Field.  It was a huge undertaking for the Petunia Festival Board, who financed, marketed, and sought sponsorship to make it happen.  The board along with the many volunteers were also responsible for designing the layout, setting up and taking down the stage.  These people worked tirelessly for days to make this all happen.  It has been an event enjoyed by over 2000+ concert goers each year and is now help along the Rock River in Page Park with the permission of the Dixon Park District.  Our city has been the recipient of many well known entertainers who will forever remember their performance at our airport.  This years performers on the Park stages have not yet been announced. 

Take a look at who have performed over the years...

Artists Performing at the Petunia Festival Country Concert

Year                              Openers                       Headliner

1995                                               Lisa Brokop                                   Marty Stuart

1996                                               Rhett Akins                                    Lee Roy Parnell

1997                                               Kenny Chesney                             Martina McBride

1998                                              Ty Herndon                                    Terri Clark

1999                                              Chely Wright, Michael Peterson     Lonestar

2000                                              Shane Minor                                   Patty Loveless

2001                                              Eric Heatherly, Clay Davidson        The Wilkinsons

2002                                              Little Big Town                                Collin Raye

2003                                              Joe Nichols                                      Phil Vassar

2004                                              Dayna Malow, Craig Morgan           Mark Wills

2005                                              Cal Stage, Billy Currington              Jamie O'Neal

2006                                              Rodney Atkins                                  Trick Pony

2007                                              Danielle Peck                                   Darryl Worley

2008                                              TelluRide                                          Pat Green

2009                                             Whiskey Falls                                    Steve Holy

2010                                             Williams Riley Band                           Easton Corbin

2011                                            Adam Craig Band                               David Nail

2012                                            Burns & Poe                                       Frankie Ballard


RED Walgreen Field Stage

Black Festival Grounds stages



Aug 2012

Cops and Bobbers Fun at Lowell Park

The annual Cops And Bobbers fishing derby was held on August 25th, 2012 at Lowell Park and was a great success! We had 42 children participate this year and 28 fish were caught. Seven year old Ellie Meyers did great and pulled in five channel cats (with the help of her Grandpa and his home made cheese bait). She won the biggest fish award and she also won for number of fish caught.

Big thanks to Officer Les Shaw for his tackle and angler knowledge. Some participants needed help with setting up their poles with line and other tasks. Officer Dave Gerdes also came out of retirment to assist us. A good time was had by all.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this fun event!
To view pictures of our day, click any image below.

Jul 2012

Mayor's News Advisory

Weekly updates on internal City business will be posted on the City website every Friday. This coming Friday will include a summary of weekly activities by the GovTemp financial consultants Stan Helgerson and David Richardson. The Mayor also said that any new developments or news will be announced before or at City Council meetings. The Mayor is available to take phone calls and in person visits with anyone having comments or questions.

Click here for the September 12th Status Report
Click here for the September 6th Status Report
Click here for the August 30th Status Report
Click here for the August 22nd Status Report
Click here for the August 16th Status Report
Click here for the August 9th Status Report
Click here for the August 2nd Status Report
Click here for the July 26th Status Report
Click here for the July 19th Status Report
Click here for the July 11th Status Report
Click here for the July 3rd Status Report
Click here for the June 27th Status Report
Click here for the June 21st Status Report
Click here for the June 14th Status Report
Click here for the June 6th Status Report
Click here for the May 29th Status Report
Click here for the May 24th Status Report
Click here for the May 17th Status Report

Jun 2012

New Tower Ladder Truck Arrives

On Friday, June 15th, the City of Dixon Fire Department welcomed the arrival of a new truck.  The truck, a 2011 Alexis 104 foot tower ladder truck, was purchased from Alexis Fire Equipment in Alexis, Illinois.

Members of the City and Rural Fire Departments were present as well as Mayor Burke, Commissioner Jeff Kuhn, and several family members and friends.

It is a tradition for fire fighters to push the truck into the bay for the first time.

Enjoy the photos!

Jun 2012

Police Launch New Bicycle Safety Program

Kids wearing a helmet while riding their bicycle will receive a free ice cream cone from the Dixon Police Department. This initiative comes after 8 year old Laci Long approached Chief Langloss with the idea. Laci did not wear a helmet prior to a trip to see her cousins in the Quad Cities. While there, Laci saw a police officer approach some other kids and give them a coupon for a free ice cream cone because they were wearing a helmet. When Laci returned home, she asked her parents to buy her a helmet. Laci told Chief Langloss she thought other kids would want to wear a helmet too, if they knew they would get ice cream.

Chief Langloss said, "The department intended on conducting a bicycle safety initiative this spring, and this seemed to be the perfect fit. Head injuries are the leading cause of sudden death in children. This is a great idea from a very bright young girl." When officers make contact with kids, they will also conduct a free inspection of the bike to ensure it is safe. Particular attention will be given to reflectors and the officers will give a short quiz about bicycle safety.

Over the past year, the department has received numerous complaints about bicyclists. The complaints vary from equipment problems to failing to follow the rules of the road. Chief Langloss said, "We are hoping to make an impact in safety and reduce the number of complaints this summer."

The department is currently seeking funding to assist kids who cannot afford to purchase a helmet. Langloss said the cost seems like a small price to pay for safety.

Chief Langloss rewarded Laci with a Dixon Police Department "Challenge Coin". The coins are not available to purchase and are only given to Dixon Police Officers and members of the community who make a positive impact on public safety. The free ice cream has been provided by Culver's and McDonald's of Dixon.

Anyone with other safety ideas or police initiatives is encouraged to contact Chief Langloss at 815/288-4411.

Jun 2012

Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Campaign

Sixteen Police Agencies Across Seven Counties Launch
Major Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Campaign

For the past 3 years, the Dixon Police Department has played a major role in raising awareness and creating prevention messages on child sexual abuse. The initiative started when the Shining Star Children's Center, located in Dixon, was selected to host the Champions for Children Walk in May of 2009. Since then, Dixon officers have conducted community presentations to more than 5,000 people and more than 1,150 citizens have participated in the annual walk. The police department has also provided in-service training to school administrators, teachers, and counselors.

Chief Langloss stated, "After our very first community presentation, it was obvious people were ready to hear this message and take action. Several business and school leaders approach me and ask us to give our presentation to their employees. Our community is responsible for a major push across the state to give a face and a voice to these child victims."

In February of 2010, Chief Langloss met a young woman named Erin Merryn at a local training conference hosted by Shining Star. Merryn spoke about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her best friend's uncle and her cousin. She said growing up in public schools, she was taught the 8 ways to say "no" to drugs through D.A.R.E. and what to do for a fire or a tornado, but no one ever spoke about safe secrets and unsafe secrets or safe touches and unsafe touches. No one told her what to do when someone broke the "Touching Rule". Merryn shared her vision about a law which would require public schools to provide age-appropriate curriculum on child sexual abuse prevention in grades pre-K though 5. Within a week of meeting Merryn, she and Chief Langloss met with Senator Tim Bivins of Dixon to discuss her vision. Senator Bivins and Representative Jerry Mitchell sponsored the bill in the Senate and House of Representatives.

On February, 14, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed Public Act 96-1524 into law. The Act created the "Erin's Law Task Force". 19 members were carefully selected based on highly specialized experience in the field of child sexual abuse and academia. School administrators, teachers, counselors, researchers, academic curriculum experts, child protective services, children's advocacy centers, and law enforcement met for more than 9 months. Chief Langloss was selected to represent the task force as the Chairman. The final report has been completed and submitted to Governor Quinn. Representative Mitchell has drafted a bill that will be heard in the upcoming Veto Session.

Chief Langloss stated, "It is time to move forward with the next phase of this campaign. This will make our children safer from these child predators. In the wake of Penn State, Syracuse, and many other high profile child sexual abuse cases, we can no longer sit back and do nothing. Law enforcement must lead the way, and we are prepared to do exactly that." Through the Northwest Law Enforcement Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, 16 police agencies across 7 counties will be disseminating more than 10,000 child sexual abuse awareness flyers during traffic stops and other community events. Chief Langloss said, "Just by brining awareness to this issue, we make our children safer. When parents speak to their children about this topic, it makes them safer. Perpetrators are very good at picking kids who do not tell. This has been the best kept secret across our entire country. That is why it is referred to as the "Silent Epidemic". Someone is more likely to stop and help a battered dog then come forward and help a child being sexually abused. That is unacceptable."

The flyer was designed by the Dixon Police Department. Dixon Direct of Dixon mass produced these flyers for free. The agencies participating in this campaign are: Dixon Police Department, Lee County Sheriff's Department, Amboy Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Rochelle Police Department, Byron Police Department, Polo Police Department, Forreston Police Department, Lena Police Department, Stephenson County Sheriff's Department, Freeport Police Department, Sterling Police Department, Morrison Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Cherry Valley Police Department, and Sycamore Police Department.

Anyone who wishes to report child abuse can contact their local police department, children advocacy center, or the Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-25-ABUSE. Anyone seeking further information about child sexual abuse can contact the Dixon Police Department at 815/288-4411 or the Shining Star Children's Center at 815/284-1891.

Apr 2012

City Comptroller Arrested for Wire Fraud

 mayorburkeMayor James Burke holds a press conference on April 18, 2012 regarding the arrest of City Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Click here for a copy of Mayor Burke's Statement to the Community
Click here for a copy of the U.S. Department of Justice's press release
Click here to watch the press conference held on 04/18/2012
Click here for a copy of the Indictment of Rita Crundwell
Click here for a copy of Crundwell's Post-Indictment Restraining Order
Click here for a copy of Mayor Burke's May 21, 2012 statement

Feb 2012

Sauk Valley Arts Commission

Click here for the March 14th agenda and January 11th meeting minutes

Jan 2012

"Reagan of Illinois" symphony performance CD's & DVD's now available

dvdcover-copyThe CD's & DVD's of the "Reagan of Illinois" symphony performance in Dixon in 2011 are now available for purchase at the Dixon Welcome Center.  The CD's are $14.99 + tax and the DVD's are $19.99 + tax.

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