The Illinois Corn Growers Association is calling for immediate action to keep the traffic moving on the Mississippi river. The river has dropped because of this summer’s drought. The group said that this is exposing underwater obstacles which are preventing barges from transporting goods along the river.
Crews from Laverdiere Construction installed a roughly 1,500 pound sign on top of the northwest pillars in Chandler Park on December 5. The black, classically ornate sign is made of recycled metal. It was created by local artist Matt Myers.
“My stuff generally gets sent off to other states and I never see them again,” Myers said. “Macomb is my adopted hometown so it’s good to have something here.”
Mayor Mike Inman said it’s an ideal place for a sign given the amount of traffic that goes by the park every day on Highways 136 and 67.
Recent numbers indicate the economy might be picking up steam in the tri states. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity reports per capita personal income in McDonough county rose five-percent…and it increased seven-percent in Hancock County.