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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.


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Starved Rock State Park in north-central Illinois had a record nearly 2.5 million visitors last year.  The 2015 attendance is up 8% over 2014's 2.3 million visitors, which was the previous highest-ever attendance. 

Illinois gift shops to include locally made section

Aug 26, 2014

State parks and historic sites now have to set up an "American Made" section in their gift shops.   Governor Pat Quinn signed  into law this week a measure that is supposed to increase the number of American and Illinois-made goods  state facilities sell.    Illinois has, in recent years, put special emphasis on promoting domestic products, especially those from in-state.  

Wildlife Prairie State Park measure passes IL House

Mar 22, 2013

The Illinois House unanimously approved a measure to transfer ownership of Wildlife Prairie State Park to a private group.  Representative Mike Unes sponsored the legislation that would transfer control of the facility to the not-for-profit group, Friends of Wildlife Prairie State Park. That would allow the group to access private funding to pay for projects at the facility. The park’s major source of funding comes from the public through membership fees, donations and grants. The state stopped funding the park in 2008. The measure now heads to the state senate.