Thomson Prison Relocation Information

Thomson Prison Relocation Information

Elizabeth, Illinois… Your new hometown!


Welcome to Elizabeth, Illinois, the heart of Jo Davies County. Located only 40 minutes north of of the Thomson Prison at the intersection of Highway 84 and Highway 20 (Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Highway). Our safe and clean community is nestled within rolling hills, beautiful scenery and friendly people. The recipient of the Illinois 2010 Governor’s Home Town award, Elizabeth is an exceptional village in which to live, conduct business or stay a spell and visit .

Elizabeth was incorporated in 1868 and provides a glimpse of the past as well as maintaining an up to date infrastructure. The addition of the iFiber data network provides extremely high speed (up to 1 GB) network transport services to both the public and private sector.

Elizabeth captures all of the benefits of rural America, while maintaining the advantages of being a 21st century Main Street community.

Why Elizabeth?  Here are some more things to consider:

  • Lowest property taxes in the county
  • Elizabeth has a LOW property tax rate of 5.50388 percent (a house's fair cash value at $100,000 would have a yearly total property tax of $1,531.91). In addition, Elizabeth's town sales tax is only .0025%.
  • Active historic downtown with plenty of businesses.
  • Active recreation association for kids and adults
  • Several historical sites and other attractions
  • Close proximity to Thomson Prison, Galena, & Dubuque, Iowa
  • Highly ranked school district with new building facility
  • Post Secondary Educational Opportunities
  • Safe neighborhoods
  • Affordable living conditions

What people are saying about Elizabeth


“Elizabeth offers beautiful scenery, good schools and a safe environment.  Elizabeth is the heart of Jo Daviess county and is a 20-60 minute drive from many shopping and entertainment destinations.  I've only lived here for 35 years so I'm still getting used to the quiet.”
-- Vince Toepfer

“Small town, big hearts, loving community, great school, and great churches.”
-- Kyungsu Park

“Home sweet home.”
-- Randy Shaw

Other information


New Resident Guide

River Ridge School District

Elizabeth Area Realtors

Parks & Recreation

Contact us today or call at (815) 858-3911 with any questions you may have about living in Elizabeth, Illinois.

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Village of Elizabeth
310 North West Street
P.O. Box 236
Room 140
Elizabeth, IL 61028

Village Office
Phone: 815-858-3911
villageofelizabeth@aeroinc.net
Hours: M-Th 8:30am-Noon & 1-3pm

Village President
Michael Dittmar
Home: 815-858-9823
Cell: 815-218-0597
mikedittmar210@yahoo.com