Susan Cavanaugh, right, of Polo, talks to Laura and Jim Vock, of Bloomington, during Polo's Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 30, 2023. The cook-off was held in the city-owned lot next to the Shell station; it was the first time the event has taken place since 2019. (Alexa Zoellner/Shaw Media)
Alexa Zoellner covers Ogle County for the Oregon Republican Reporter, Forreston Journal, Mt. Morris Times and Polo Tri-County Press. She has seven-plus years of experience in journalism and has won numerous awards, including a first place award for investigative reporting from the WNA.