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home : news : north central illinois   May 29, 2016

12/31/2012 3:40:00 AM
Building on barge makes for odd sight on Illinois River


Submitted photos/Kathy McCookThe motor vessel Ken Tubbs out of St. Louis carries an unusual load Saturday morning heading downstream on the Illinois River at Spring Valley.
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Submitted photos/Kathy McCook
The motor vessel Ken Tubbs out of St. Louis carries an unusual load Saturday morning heading downstream on the Illinois River at Spring Valley.
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Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter



A two-story building from the former Empress Casino complex, Joliet, passed Peru and Spring Valley aboard a 300-foot-long barge over the weekend.
Casino property was damaged by fire in 2009.

The crew of the motor vessel Ken Tubbs parked the load on the south shore of the river Friday night in Peru because the building made it difficult to navigate at night, according to the lockmaster at Starved Rock Lock and Dam.

The vessel locked through Sunday night at Peoria, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kathy McCook provided the NewsTribune with photos Saturday morning.










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