Black Hawk statue

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Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. The 48-foot-tall, 270-ton statue in Lowden State Park has been covered in black protective sheets since a restoration effort that started five years ago came to a halt. A lack of state funding and a dispute on the restoration team stopped work.

 OREGON, Ill. (AP) - Engineers working to restore a 48-foot tall statue of a Native American in northern Illinois say work should be finished next summer. Amy Lamb-Woods is project engineer for the Chicago-based studio and engineering firm that the state hired to repair the 104-year-old Black Hawk statue. She says workers started cleaning the statue this summer and are doing tests to see what materials are best for repairs. The statue stands on a bluff overlooking the Rock River at Lowden State Park. The statue is on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Preparations are starting in an $825,000 restoration project to repair a more than century-old statue of a Native American overlooking the Rock River in northern Illinois.