N. Illinois Community Eyes Reagan Lifeguard Statue

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    In this July 17, 1980, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stands before a cheering Republican National Convention in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

    Residents in the northern Illinois community of Dixon are hoping to raise about $120,000 for a bronze statue of a young Ronald Reagan.

    The Telegraph in Dixon reports the proposed statue would be built in Lowell Park, where Reagan spent summers working as a lifeguard. The Illinois native who went on to become the nation's 40th president was credited with saving 77 people from the Rock River.

    The effort is led by Dixon Mayor Jim Burke, who's hoping to collect donations for the project.

    Backers of the effort say the sculpture would be about seven-feet tall and depict Regan during his lifeguarding days in Lee County.

    Burke says the city's park district still has Reagan's lifeguard chair.