Lee County

Lee and Ogle County May Get New Enterprise Zone

Aug 5, 2016

Lee and Ogle County are one step closer to getting a new enterprise zone.   

The State Enterprise Zone Board released preliminary rankings this week on 18 counties applying for 12 new zones. 

Saukvalley.com reports Lee and Ogle Counties already have a zone but it expires next year.  The two counties placed sixth in the rankings, and if their application is accepted, they can both renew their zone and tweak it.  Tweaks would include reduce the zone's footprint while expanding into Rochelle and Dixon’s corporate limits. 

What Consolidation Means For Rural School Districts

Jun 6, 2016
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One of the quirks of Illinois public education is the fact that public elementary, middle, and high schools in a single city or county may be their own independent school district.

While some tout the advantages of greater local control, others argue this governing structure is inefficient. In the first of a two-part series, we examine the ways these separate entities may consolidate, starting with rural schools.


Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller is taking a leave of absence after her misdemeanor DUI arrest, according to Lee County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum. 

Sauk Valley Media reports that Sacco-Miller's decision on whether to resign won’t be made public until a news conference this morning.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Heroin users in one northwestern Illinois county are finding an unusual ally when they’re ready to give up drugs…their local police.

Andrew Epstein / WNIJ

Illinois residents affected by last month's tornados in Lee and Grundy counties will get extra time to file state tax returns. 

Governor Bruce Rauner's office said Wednesday the deadline to file tax returns and make payments will be Dec. 31. He says that will allow residents to recover from the storms and file their returns on time.

Taxpayers who mail their returns and payments should write “Tornado June 2015” in red ink on the outside of the envelope and at the top of each page. Those filing electronically should check the Illinois Department of Revenue website.