Rauner pledges support for marina project

“We should be able to find that money somewhere...” Gov. Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner, pledged his support to help Beardstown find the $1.3 million needed to end the siltation blockade that has for years, left the community without access to the Illinois River.

“I wish I had known about this situation 60 days ago,” Rauner said. “I could have put it in the budget.” The governor went on to say “$1.3 million isn’t that much when you compare it to the state’s total budget. We should be able to find that money somewhere.”

The governor met with a small group of business and community leaders Friday afternoon to learn about the town’s need for river access and the financial and safety benefits the access would bring.

Kelly Cagle, chairman of the Beardstown Marina Committee, told the governor about the problems faced by local commercial fishermen, who aren’t able to access the river locally, and by Atlantic Caps, the fish processing plant located in the industrial park. “Our local fishermen can’t get their boats out of the marina once they put in, and can’t get back in when their boats are loaded with fish. So, they have to drive to Frederick, Browning or Meredosia to get their boats into and out of the water, then they have to drive back to town to get their fish to the plant.” Cagle told the governor the process costs the fishermen time and money. Cagle told Rauner river access could fuel an economic engine that held the potential to pump a lot of money into the Beardstown area economy. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>