Mayor McCarty responds...
In response to Bev's wondering about the Nauvoo Wonder...
Unfortunately for Nauvoo, we were eliminated from the Western Region choices for a chance to be one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois. The process of elimination was determined by removing a site based on the amount of votes a site received each day. The two other sites with more votes (that we were in competition with) were Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria, and the Blackhawk Historic Sites in Rock Island. These two heavily populated areas also recognized the "wonderful" (pardon the pun) impact that this could bring to an area if they are chosen one of the seven.
Bev's comment on who will benefit shows the mentality that people still have in this town. Only a closed-minded individual couldn't see that this title of being one of the "Seven Wonders of Illionis" could only bring financial rewards to any and all businesses that would want to capitalize on the increased amount of visitors this town would have received. The fact that the State of Illionis would have dumped millions of dollars in promoting these seven sites was more than enough reason to try and win the title.
I want to personally thank everyone who took the time to vote and especially, Ron Yockey, for his dedication and efforts to try and help Nauvoo succeed.
Unfortunately, Bev's thoughts are alive in many residents in Nauvoo, and this will only help keep our growth stagnant. What is it going to take to make some people realize that the opportunities are here and we need to embrace them instead of worrying about who will benefit? The truth is: only those who want to benefit truly will. The reason Historic Nauvoo is a destination now is because a group of people have put out the effort and funding to see it through. If we want all the areas to benefit, then I suggest people need to put up or shut up!
Mayor, City of Nauvoo