The city of Dixon, founded in 1830, is named for its founder, John Dixon, and is the county seat of Lee County.
Dixon has a population of 16,000 and is located 100 miles West of Chicago on Route 88 in the scenic Rock River Valley. Dixon is the boyhood home of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. In his teen years, Reagan lifeguarded along the banks of the Rock River. Among the many historical landmarks and state parks, his boyhood house is preserved as a national historic site. Because of its proximity to Chicago and reasonable real estate values, the area has become a popular second home/retirement destination for many wishing to easily access Chicago and the suburbs. See DIXONIL.COM for information.