Lee County

Dual Freq

The Lee County Zoning Board started the process of approving upgrades to the Mendota Hills Wind Farm. 

The project involves tearing down the farm’s current set of wind turbines and replacing about half of them with more larger, more efficient models.  It would also expand the farm’s borders. 

Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone Is Approved

Sep 9, 2016

The  Illinois State Enterprise Zone Board recently approved the Lee-Ogle Enterprise Zone.  

The zone provides exemptions to a variety of business taxes, which would then promote economic development in the two counties.  The two counties were ranked sixth among 18 statewide applicants.  They competed for 12 vacant slots.  

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
Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

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.