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Starved Rock

The Issue

Don Goerne, President of the Starved Rock Audobon Society, writes they need help opposing the development of a resort on Plum Island, located at the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park near Utica, Illinois. Plum Island contains Indian village artifacts and burial grounds, and is also home to a fairly large population of wintering bald eagles. The planned resort would have a 250 room lodge, 25 cabins and 60 boat marina on the three quarter mile long island.

"Proposed Plum Island development faces obstacles," Sports column by Scott Richardson, Sunday April 1, 2001,

Proposed resort plan

Small map of proposed development of Starved Rock. Faster loading than the large image but it's difficult to read. Proposed area for development is on the left.

Large map of proposed development of Starved Rock. Easier to read than the small. Proposed area for development is on the left.

Update - 2003 Jan Efforts are still ongoing to save Plum Island. Visit for more information.

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Starved Rock State Park and map


Write the following voicing your opposition to the planned lodge at Starved Rock:

Gov. George H. Ryan
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-6830
[email protected]

Sen. Patrick D. Welch
726 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
(815) 223-3747
[email protected]

Rep. Frank J. Mautino
108 West St. Paul St.
Spring Valley, IL 61362
(815) 664-2717
Fax: (815) 663-1629

Jerry Weller
2701 Black Road, Suite 201
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 740-2028
[email protected]

Brent Manning
Dept. of Natural Resources
524 S. Second
Lincoln Tower Plaza
4th Floor, Room 400
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 785-0075
[email protected]

Col. William J. Bayles
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Rock Island District
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204-2004

Letters to the Editor
115 Oak Street
Streator, IL 61634
(815) 673-3771
[email protected]

Letters to the Editor
The Daily Times
110 W. Jefferson St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-2000
[email protected]

Letters to the Editor
News Tribune
426 2nd St.
LaSalle, IL 61301
(815) 223-3200
[email protected]


Don Goerne
President of the Starved Rock Audobon Society
Starved Rock Audubon
2005 N. 15th Rd.
Streator, IL 61364
Ph.(815) 673-5544(work)
(815) 672-3569 (home)[email protected]


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