INA, IL – Standing in front of the closed Rend Lake Resort Wednesday afternoon with other local and state officials, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the long-awaited renovation of the popular resort town will begin next year with an investment of more than $17.5 million.
The Governor says that with this funding, we are strengthening our tourism industry, our economy, our recreation offerings, and our holistic and social well-being all rolled into one.
This is State Rep. Dave Severin of Benton…..
Rend Lake Resort is located within the 3,300 acre Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area and is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the shore of Rend Lake in Franklin and Jefferson counties .
The resort opened in May 1991, but closed in 2016 after mold was discovered in the hotel and other buildings, requiring extensive site-wide remediation work.
At the peak of its operation, the station attracted 2.4 million visitors a year and employed up to 125 staff. It had an estimated economic impact of nearly $245 million in 2010 and occupancy rates were around 90% during the high season period between late spring and late fall.