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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2009

Proposals Sought for Operation of Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center
Lodge and Golf Course Located at Eagle Creek State Recreation Area on Lake Shelbyville

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has issued a request for proposals for a new operator for the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center, a lodge and golf course complex on the shore of Lake Shelbyville in Eagle Creek State Recreation Area near Findlay in Shelby Co. 

The request for proposals (RFP) document, which provides detailed information on the resort facilities and requirements for operation of the lodge, golf course and associated facilities, can be found on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us.

The IDNR will host an information meeting on the RFP for interested operators on Wednesday, September 9 at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center.  Proposals must be received no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.  The IDNR intends to select an operator for the resort complex by the end of the year.

The resort complex includes a lodge with 138 guest rooms, 10 suites with fireplaces and a private patio, a lobby, indoor pool complex, kitchen and dining facilities, lounge, conference center meeting rooms, and gift shop; an adjacent “Eagles Landing” building with eight connecting guest rooms and a second-story balcony with a lakefront view, conference area and wet bar; an 18-hole championship golf course with pro shop; a boat docking system accessing Lake Shelbyville; and, an outdoor pool with 11,000 square feet of deck space and an adjacent outdoor miniature golf course.

The IDNR currently has eight concessionaire-operated state park lodge facilities.  For more information on the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center and the request for proposals, check the link on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us or contact the IDNR Office of Realty and Environmental Planning at 217/782-7940.

The RFP can also be accessed through the Illinois Procurement Bulletin at www.purchase.state.il.us.



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