Chief Black Hawk statue on endangered landmark list - – Rockford’s News Leader

Chief Black Hawk statue on endangered landmark list

Photo taken by Elwood Mott Photo taken by Elwood Mott

The Chief Black Hawk statue near Oregon is officially a top 10 endangered landmark in Illinois. 

Landmarks Illinois announced the top 10 list today in Springfield. The group is the state's leading advocate for historic preservation. 

The 50-foot, 104-year-old statue in Lowden State Park has a renovation plan. However, a member of the Friends of Black Hawk Statue says the state is dragging its feet. 

Landmark Illinois says it is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to help the plan move along. 

"So if anything that can be born of this recognition, is that something has to be done to facilitate the process. This is not being critical of the Department of Natural Resources. The people whom we dealt with are dedicated. But the policies, procedures and laws that they function under has really caused a stumbling block," says Frank Rausa of Friend of Black Hawk committee. 

The statue isn't the only endangered landmark in our area. Cities such as Rockford could lose valuable tax credits to redevelop historic properties under proposals by the Rauner administration. 

Riverfront properties in redevelopment areas in Rockford — like the Amerock Building — could lose tax credits that helped get millions of dollars in investments. 

"One of our most spectacular success stories is the Prairie Street Brewhouse, a $12 million reinvestment. It just didn't make sense to do the project. It would not have occurred without this legislation," says Patrick Hayes, legal director of the City of Rockford. 

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