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  • Just passin’ through — The Motor Vessel Thomas Kennedy was the first boat to transit the lock chamber at the LaGrange Lock and Dam on the Illinois River. (Photo by Brian DeLoche)
    Just passin’ through — The Motor Vessel Thomas Kennedy was the first boat to transit the lock chamber at the LaGrange Lock and Dam on the Illinois River. (Photo by Brian DeLoche)
  • Just passin’ through — As the small tug boat made its way through the lock, two line boats pushing 15 empty barges each stood waiting their turn downstream. (Photo by Brian DeLoche.)
    Just passin’ through — As the small tug boat made its way through the lock, two line boats pushing 15 empty barges each stood waiting their turn downstream. (Photo by Brian DeLoche.)
With little fanfare and hundreds of union and contract workers lining the safety rail, the Motor Vessel Thomas Kennedy made its way through the open downstream gate of the LaGrange Lock and officially became the first vessel to transit the renovated, upgraded facility. The Kennedy’s passage through the lock marked the official reopening of the Illinois River Waterway and means residents of the…

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