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Donors honored for giving to Black Hawk fund

Seven area banks and two individuals were recognized Oct. 4 for making the donations that finally set the repairs to the Black Hawk Statue in motion.

At a ceremony on the Ogle County Courthouse lawn, members of the Black Hawk Restoration Committee honored representatives from Stillman Bank, The Harvard State Bank, Byron Bank, Sterling Federal Bank, Union Savings Bank, and Holcomb State Bank for their total contributions of $14,000.

Also honored were Kim Smeja, of Oregon, for contributing $20,000 and Richard Little, also of Oregon, for his donation of $2,000.

The donations put fundraising for the statue over top of the $225,000 needed for officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Conservation Foundation to sign contracts with Quality Restorations Inc., of Wood Dale, the firm that will do the repair work.

The engineering firm Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, which has an office in Chicago, will supervise the restoration under a separate contract with the two agencies.