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GLIN==> Plum Island, Illinois River Development

Following are news items and other information regarding opposition to development on Plum Island in the Illinois River. 

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Petition targets builder's plan affecting bald eagle habitat
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2003
BY Gary Wisby Environment Reporter

With an equally vocal bald eagle tethered nearby, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn added his voice Sunday to a call to protect eagle habitats in Illinois. Quinn launched a petition drive, with a focus on an uninhabited island near Starved Rock State Park where a developer's plans for log cabins and a marina could affect thousands of the majestic birds, environmental groups say.

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Thursday, June 26, 2003
Quinn wades into Plum Island feud
By Scott Richardson
Pantagraph staff

UTICA -- Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is wading into the controversy over a proposal to build houses on Plum Island in the Illinois River offshore from Starved Rock State Park. Quinn sent a letter to developers on Wednesday to voice concern over plans for 50 log-cabin homes and a marina on the 55-acre property. The island contains American Indian burial sites and habitat for bald eagles, which are on the state's list of threatened species. The eagles draw thousands of visitors to the park each winter.

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