Illinois Valley encompasses the cities of LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Spring Valley, Wenona, and several smaller communities. Strategically located in North Central Illinois, the Illinois Valley is within 60 miles of Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and Rock Island-Moline. Chicago is 90 miles away. The Illinois Valley continues to thrive and grow through increasing economic diversification. Action-oriented, it's future is bright. Large areas of the Illinois Valley are designated as enterprise zones which provide a wide range of economic incentives for new & existing business and industry. The people of the Illinois Valley are hardworking and energetic, taking pride in their jobs, homes, and communities. They support good school systems, both public and private. Area students perform above the national norm and school bands and athletic teams often win local and state championships.

Noted for its splendid recreation assets and favored by tourists, the Illinois Valley is loads of fun for families. The Illinois River flows through The Valley, offering a wide range of water sports. The beautiful terrain and facilities of three state parks - Starved Rock, Matthiessen, and Buffalo Rock - are contained within the area. Cultural activities and events indulge the wide and varied interests of Illinois Valley residents.

When it comes to humanity, the Illinois Valley is ready and willing to lend its sup- port in helping the less fortunate. Residents truly carry out the Golden Rule of Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you.

This publication will acquaint you with the many aspects of living and working in the Illinois Valley area. It covers LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Spring Valley, and Wenona, the five cities in the Illinois Valley, along with the nineteen villages.

For more information, please contact the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development (815-223-0227).