Living in rural Illinois is not for everyone. Certainly, there are differences between us and the big city. But if you won't miss traffic jams that go on forever and neighbors living within an arm's reach, and seek a safe, rural lifestyle with access to good schools, Northwest Illinois may be right for you!

Take a look at the Jo Daviess County New Resident's Welcome Kit.

The Northwest Illinois region offers a variety of living options, from small towns to resort living to rural landscapes. To assist with your home search, or housing development, we encourage you to utilize the following resources.

Regional Lenders



Other Local Resources


State of Illinois and Federal Programs

Jo Daviess County Workforce Housing Needs Assessment Study 2022

The purpose of the study was to analyze the housing market in Jo Daviess County. The study assesses existing conditions, challenges, demands, and market restrictions. It also offers timely recommendations. 
Study Plan

Developer and Builder Tours

Interested in building in Northwest Illinois, connect with NWILED to schedule a tour of communities with members of the NWILED Housing Taskforce, and to learn of parcels prime for housing development in area communities. 
Call 815-297-7361 for information.

NWILED Business Financing Programs Guide

The NWILED's 2023 Business Financing Programs Guide details local, state, and federal programs. 
English-language version 
Spanish-language version