Illinois hires firm to evaluate shuttered Eagle Creek Resort

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Documents show Illinois has a nearly $130,000 contract with a Chicago engineering firm to evaluate the closed, taxpayer-owned Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports Globetrotters Engineering Corp. will take a look at what it could cost to make repairs and reopen the resort. That includes evaluating the condition of floors and the potential cost of upgrading electrical systems. The company’s contract with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources lasts through September. Officials closed the resort in 2009 amid financial problems and the discovery of mold. In March 2014, a former leaseholder withdrew from a project to restore the resort. The Eagle Creek Golf Course will be open this year and managed by a different vendor.