For the past few years whenever you drive along the Rock River in Oregon and look up on the hills across the river you do not see one of the iconic symbols of the Sauk Valley. What you do see is a large black tarp covered blob.
The work to renovate and repair the over 100 year old Blackhawk Statue seems no closer to be being completed now than it did several years ago.
State Representative Tom Demmer hopes some news will boaster people feelings concerning the statue. Demmer said he spoke to the new Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Colleen Callahan. The topic of discussion was when will the work begin.
Demmer reports he was told they are finishing up the paper work and they are currently testing the materials to do the repairs. Demmer said it is important the materials are right so they will blend well with the statue and help it reach another 100 years.
The paper work is expected to be accomplished in a week and hopefully the repairs will begin in a few weeks. Demmer said if things go right and no more problems arise they could begin the project by the end of July or the beginning of August. This would mean the renovation would be complete by the end of October or into early November. Demmer says, cross your fingers.