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The organization Prophetstown Main Street said Monday it has a plan to get the town's business district back on its feet after the early morning fire that consumed much of the downtown. Prophetstown  became one of the first official Illinois Main Street communities about 20 years ago.

Members with the Main Street organization said they feel like so much of their hard work to revitalize the downtown is undone now. 

Larry DeNeve, Prophetstown Main Street economic development chair, said he is going to collaborate with other communities in the area who have experienced a similar loss. Currently, the group is talking to officials in Granville, Il. DeNeve said that community lost a major section of its Main Street to a fire recently and has since rebuilt. 

 Executive Director of Prophetstown Main Street Eileen Detra said she hopes the town can do just that. She said it's possible new businesses will come and open up in the near future.

DeNeve said he is hoping the town can get extra grant money for rebuilding purposes. He said he is predicting the downtown will be rebuilt with brick facades to keep the historic downtown feeling alive. Many of those facades had recently been refinished with grant money. DeNeve said those grants are lost to the fire now.

DeNeve estimates the city is going to lose about $1 million due to the fire. He said that accounts for the lost sales tax, traffic and the buildings – but not the contents of those buildings.

Overall, DeNeve and Detra say they are very optimistic and believe Prophetstown will make a comeback.

Detra added the loss will not cause the community to lose its Illinois Main Street Community status. She said it's even possible the organization will come to the community's aid.

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