GRAND TOWER, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois legislative measure in support of a southern Illinois county’s efforts to fix a worrisome Mississippi River levee is advancing.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported that the Illinois Senate unanimously signed off on a plan to allow Jackson County to spend up to $1.7 million out of a special fund to help pay for repairs to the Big Muddy Levee.

The levee is near the 600-resident village of Grand Tower.

Last year, the earthen barrier showed signs of trouble, including holes blamed on the collapse of a drainage pipe.

The levee was given an unsatisfactory rating in mid-2011, making it ineligible for federal funds.

The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

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