A new underground coal mine will bring jobs and more development to McLean County.
McLean County Judge Executive Kelly Thurman says the county has been working with Rhino Resources Partners for the last several years to develop a coal mine in the county.
"We see dollars beginning to turn over in our local economy as a result of that. That's going to be huge for our local economy not only in terms of local dollars, but the severance tax money that will be coming in to both the state and the county," Thurman said.
Thurman says the coal mine will bring in 75 jobs and grow into more than 200 jobs within three years. Thurman says the work force will play a big role in economic development.
"We are looking forward to them being here and being part of our community and providing job opportunities for our county," Thurman said.
Judge Thurman says the coal mine will not cause any traffic problems or damaged roads from coal trucks. The coal will be loaded onto barges on the Green River.
Rhino Resource Partners says production on the mine will begin next summer.