Pekin Port Permit Approved

By WEEK Reporter

May 3, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM CDT

PEKIN, IL. -- A plan to make the Illinois River accessible to International Ports in the gulf is one step closer to reality.

The Army Corps of Engineers has approved a permit for a Pekin Port.

News Radio 1470 reports the federal permit requires construction of the port to begin before the end of 2017, and be completed by the first of 2022.

TransPORT Board Chairman Dan Silverthorn says raising cash for the project will be a big challenge.

However, a target site has been selected on Aventine property just south of downtown Pekin.

Along with initial construction jobs, the port is expected to create 20 to 30 jobs once completed.

Meanwhile, TransPORT Executive Director Steve Jaeger has resigned effective May 15th.

After 7 years, Jaeger has accepted a position with the economic development in Walton County, Florida.

At this time, the TransPORT board will share the duties of executive director.