Rock River

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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.

 

A group of residents is raising money to keep a park district-owned riverboat operating in northern Illinois this summer. 

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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. 

A railroad company has agreed to pay $570,000 to help settle claims over a 2009 derailment that spilled ethanol and killed tens of thousands of fish in northern Illinois.