Welcome to broke azz IL. The Galena area suggestion is good. Also look near the Ottawa area for roads near the rivers. Spend some time on Google maps and take some roadtrips. It's a good way to explore your new home area and burn some hydrocarbons. Cops on every corner? There is a lot of crappy IL drama the closer you get to the city but it really isn't that bad. Just keep an eye out and use good judgement.
Some of us don't have time for that waving BS unless we actually know who you are. So don't worry too much about it. Plus it is a lot different than it used to be, Subarus are generally more mainstream and getting "Civic" affordable as they get older.