OREGON, Ill. (AP) — The first steps in repairing a century-old landmark in northern Illinois known as the Black Hawk statue are finally underway.
Workers began erecting scaffolding last Monday around the 48-foot-tall (14.5-meter-tall) statue in Lowden State Park in Ogle County.
Sauk Valley Media reports that Quality Restorations Inc. of Wood Dale was scheduled to begin the repair work last spring , but cold, wet weather thwarted that work.
The 108-year-old monument has spent most of the last five years beneath a plastic covering to protect it from harsh weather.
State budget troubles delayed a promised $350,000 matching state grant for the repairs, but that funding was finally secured over a year ago. The Black Restoration team obtained the remaining $225,000 needed for the project.
The cost of repairs will approach $1 million.