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Old 07-12-2007, 11:17 AM
 
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Wasn't the tornado that hit Utica occurred less than 5 years ago? Since if it(the Utica tornado) was 5 years ago AS OF this year, time really does pass fast.....
April 20, 2004. Nine deaths.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:21 PM
 
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Mendota is a charming little town off I-39 that is home to the famous Mendota Corn Festival every year in about Sept I think? In Mendota jobs are pretty good paying, crime is basically non-existant, and housing is low in price, also nearby is La Salle/Peru so there is plenty of shopping nearby as well. Check it out.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Default Durand

I actually lived in Durand and worked in Rockford.
I found it a charming little town with easy access to other small towns and Rockford itself.
I think I passed thru South Beloit a few times but can't tell you much about it.

Good Luck!!
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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Mendota is a charming little town off I-39 that is home to the famous Mendota Corn Festival every year in about Sept I think? In Mendota jobs are pretty good paying, crime is basically non-existant, and housing is low in price, also nearby is La Salle/Peru so there is plenty of shopping nearby as well. Check it out.
Born and raised. The fest is always the second weekend of Aug. I wouldn't go so far as "good paying," in terms of most available jobs, but COL is quite low, so that offsets it some. LaSalle-Peru is the closest shopping, and it's pretty middling to poor, selectionwise, but it is improving. For any hardcore shopping, Rockford is the better bet.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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I would recommend in this order:

1. GALENA-Jo Daviess Co.
2. Oregon- Ogle Co.
3. Byron- Ogle Co.
4. Stockton- Jo Daviess Co.
5. Mount Carroll- Carroll Co.
6. Freeport- Stephenson Co.
7. Peacatonica- Winnebago Co.
8. Winnebago- Winnebago Co.
9. Polo- Ogle Co.
10. East Dubuque- Jo Daviess Co.
11. Lanark- Carroll Co.
12. Savanna- Carroll Co.
13. Fulton- Whiteside Co.
14. Morrison- Whiteside Co.
15. Rochelle- Ogle Co.
16. Franklin Grove- Lee Co.
17. Hillcrest- Ogle Co.
18. Ashton- Lee Co.
19. Sterling- Whiteside Co.
20. Paw Paw- Lee Co.

Towns that I would not recommend:

Dixon
Rockford
Rock Falls


About tornadoes:

This year, in June, we had a tornado in Jo Daviess County that crossed the Mississippi at Bellevue,Iowa. It hit just south of Galena, it was an EF1, or 2 I believe. In May, we'd had a tornado in northern Jo Daviess County near the Wis. border that was an EF0, but still, a tornado.

There are a few areas in northern Illinois that get hit more often that others.

Most prone; winnebago, jo daviess, ogle, de kalb, lee, and henry counties.

Least prone; carroll, whiteside, rock island, bureau

^^ That is just what I have noticed living in the E. Iowa/ Nrn. IL area for 35 years.
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:17 PM
 
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I'm surprised that you didn't put Chadwick in there, DBQAskme.

Chadwick has about 750 people, on the BNSF Tracks in Carroll Co. Within reasonable striking distance of Sterling/Rock Falls and Clinton for shopping/supplies/work/Hospitals and shares a school district with the town of Milledgeville (900 persons)

Galena-Excellent if you've got the $
Oregon-see Galena
Byron-Great town, excellent people, Nuclear Plant with no accidents.
Stockton-has some jobs, flood-prone, not because it is near a river, but because it's more built on the lowest level of a plateau
Mount Carroll-No job market to speak of.
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:04 AM
 
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Hi there.

My sister lives in Geneva and they LOVE it there! Although, it is becoming a bit expensive. We are moving from South Africa to Illinois in a few months and are looking at Lily Lake and Elburn. Do you have kids?? If so, the school system in Geneva is very good.

Best of luck!
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:54 PM
 
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TO NANANNIE!

Thanks!
I was under the impression that Northern IL & Wisconsin were not part of Tornado Alley ???
We had our fair share of tornadoes and straight-line winds when I lived in Stephenson County.

Wisconsin always seemed to get it worse than we did.
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