Firm working on state-owned resort backs out

SHELBYVILLE — Plans to reopen a state-owned eastern Illinois resort with a long history of problems are on hold again.

BMDD Resorts Corp. of Decatur has pulled out of work with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to rehab and reopen the Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville. Eagle Creek is about 60 miles southwest of Champaign.

Company President Dennis Ballinger told The News-Gazette in Champaign he was disappointed. But he says his company had tired of trying to reach agreement with the department on work at the resort.

Department spokesman Chris McCloud says the company "abandoned" the resort. He says the department is checking to see if the company has any remaining financial obligations.

The resort has been closed since 2009 because of mold and financial troubles.