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Lee county's boundaries were finally set in 1839. Prior to that time, the area had been a part of Bond County and Clark County in 1818 (the year of Illinois' statehood), Putnam County in 1825 and Ogle County in 1836. It is named for Richard Henry Lee who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The county is located in northern Illinois with the Interstate 88/Interstate 39 interchange just to the north and east.

John Deere made the first "self-scouring" steel plow in Grand Detour in 1837.

Sauk Valley Community College is located in the county seat of Dixon on the banks of the Rock River. Dixon is also former President Ronald Reagan's boyhood home.

The county population on July 1, 1999, was 35,734, an increase of 1,342 over the 1990 census.

For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.

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Location: Dixon Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Belvidere) Boone County
(Princeton) Bureau County
(Mt. Carroll) Carroll County
(elizabtt) Hardin County
(Ottawa) La Salle County
(Dixon) Lee County

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North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
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Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .