The Madison County Board is putting its money where its mouth is by supporting a plan to make Cahokia Mounds a National Park. The county board is supporting Heartlands Conservancy, the group leading the effort on the park’s status, to the tune of $25,000. Heartland is working with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro to write a bill to introduce to Congress. If the new measure passes, Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler says the Cahokia Mounds and Mississippian Culture National Historic Park would include ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison counties and Sugarloaf Mound in St. Louis, the last remaining mound in the city.
The money the county is using to assist Heartlands in this endeavor isn’t coming from property taxpayers, but rather from the host fees at the landfill. Cahokia Mounds National Park would be a collaborative partnership among local, state and federal governments, with Illinois retaining ownership of the land.