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The county will be losing city funding used for tourism efforts, and it recently sparked debate over investing in a grant that would go toward a countywide marketing campaign.
Goals of the overall project are to identify and address abandoned properties that are dangerous to life, safety, health or other property.
State lawmakers issued the ban in response to gun violence and mass shootings such as the July 4th parade massacre in Highland Park last year, which left seven people dead and 36 injured.
The company is the developer of the 3,800-acre solar project that would be built just south of Dixon.
Part of the planning grant will go toward a road study to determine industrial routes that will be built in the project area.
The board was considering increasing the limit back to 55 mph.
In October 2020, the board approved changing the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph from Timber Creek Road to Pilgrim Road following safety concerns from residents.
The board welcomed several new members to its ranks after all seats were up for election on Nov. 8.
Board Chairman Bob Olson said the six members have a combined 104 years of service, and “they brought a lot to the table.”
Republican incumbents held onto their seats Tuesday joined by a few newcomers.
There are five seats open for each of the four districts, as the board transitions from 24 members to 20.
The old Lee Center School had previously been converted to apartments before being abandoned.
Board members Bill Palen and Doug Farster both died on the same day.
The agency is hoping to secure a $400,000 donation from the Dixon City Council.
Blackhawk Hills Regional Council in Rock Falls awarded a grant for $233,000