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It looks like Black Hawk is going to have to wait a little while longer before he can once again cast his concrete eyes over the Rock River. Restoration work had been on track to be done by Sunday, but the iconic statue was still under wraps Tuesday, as work continued to repair and refurbish The Eternal Indian. Restoring the 109-year-old statue has been a tall order. A fundraising effort started more than a decade ago, and in recent years the project has run into roadblocks and delays. Repairs finally began in September and Quality Restorations Inc. of Wood Dale has been doing all its work under wraps, piping heat into the enclosed scaffolding to help the concrete set properly, which can be challenge in cold weather. Time and the elements had battered Black Hawk, causing serious erosion to the 48-foot-tall statue. For those who want a souvenir of local history in the remaking, The Black Hawk Art, Restoration & Development Committee is offering small pieces of concrete from statue; those interested should post a private message on the Restoration of the Black Hawk Statue Facebook page as soon as possible. Money also still is needed for landscaping and its long-term maintenance. Find Restoration of the Black Hawk Statue on Facebook, go to ilcf.org or send checks to Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, to donate. Call Jan Stilson, 815-732-7439, for more information.
It looks like Black Hawk is going to have to wait a little while longer before he can once again cast his concrete eyes over the Rock River. Restoration work had been on track to be done by Sunday, but the iconic statue was still under wraps Tuesday, as work continued to repair and refurbish The Eternal Indian. Restoring the 109-year-old statue has been a tall order. A fundraising effort started more than a decade ago, and in recent years the project has run into roadblocks and delays. Repairs finally began in September and Quality Restorations Inc. of Wood Dale has been doing all its work under wraps, piping heat into the enclosed scaffolding to help the concrete set properly, which can be challenge in cold weather. Time and the elements had battered Black Hawk, causing serious erosion to the 48-foot-tall statue. For those who want a souvenir of local history in the remaking, The Black Hawk Art, Restoration & Development Committee is offering small pieces of concrete from statue; those interested should post a private message on the Restoration of the Black Hawk Statue Facebook page as soon as possible. Money also still is needed for landscaping and its long-term maintenance. Find Restoration of the Black Hawk Statue on Facebook, go to ilcf.org or send checks to Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, to donate. Call Jan Stilson, 815-732-7439, for more information.

It looks like Black Hawk is going to have to wait a little while longer before he can once again cast his concrete eyes over the Rock River. Restoration work had been on track to be done by Sunday, but the iconic statue was still under wraps Monday, as work continued to repair and refurbish The Eternal Indian. Restoring the 109-year-old statue has been a tall order. A fundraising effort started more than a decade ago, and in recent years the project has run into roadblocks and delays. Repairs finally began in September and Quality Restorations Inc. of Wood Dale has been doing all its work under wraps, piping heat into the enclosed scaffolding to help the concrete set properly, which can be challenge in cold weather. Time and the elements had battered Black Hawk, causing serious erosion to the 48-foot-tall statue. For those who want a souvenir of local history in the remaking, The Black Hawk Art, Restoration & Development Committee is offering small pieces of concrete from statue; those interested should post a private message on the Restoration of the Black Hawk Statue Facebook page as soon as possible. Money also still is needed for landscaping and its long-term maintenance. Find Restoration of the Black Hawk Statue on Facebook, go to ilcf.org or send checks to Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, to donate. Call Jan Stilson, 815-732-7439, for more information.

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