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You Ask, Patch Answers: What Happened to That Huge Flag Off Rakow in Crystal Lake?

Several area Patch.com readers have been asking about a 30-square-foot by 60-square-foot flag that was taken down in recent months. Read today's article to find out.

A large flag that was hard to miss for many motorists heading north on Randall Road or west on Rakow Road was taken down in recent months but will soon be flying high again.

The 60-foot by 30-foot flag had become a regular site for many in the area. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch received several questions and comments in recent weeks from readers wondering what happened to the flag.

We reached out to the city of Crystal Lake last week to get an answer for readers and received a response Monday from waste management supervisor Jim Huchel.

Huchel said the flag was taken down in mid-July after a cable snapped and the flag flipped upside down. The city has been in contact with the flag manufacturer and is waiting for the new cable to arrive. 

In the meantime, the flag has also been sent to Flags USA Inc. in Bartlett for some repairs.

The flag had hung from a cell phone tower located at Wastewater Plant #2, 1100 Coventry Lane in Crystal Lake. Huchel said he expects the flag to be back up and flying in the next month.

The flag was originally hung from its location to hide the cell phone tower it is connected to, Huchel said.

The cost to buy the flag, which Huchel said was between $1,800 to $2,000, as well as any repairs to the flag, which will range from $350 to $450, will come out of funds the city brings in from cell phone companies that rent space at the tower, Huchel said.

Contact Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch Editor Amie Schaenzer at amie.schaenezr@patch.com if there is something you would like us to write about or look into that is affecting residents in the area. 

Dot October 03, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Thank you so much for finding out the answer to this question. The majesty of this flag makes my day every time I drive by it. Hats off to whomever decided to originally make this purchase...well done!
Heather October 03, 2012 at 02:47 PM
That flag is a beautiful sight and one of the few things left that makes me smile on Rakow/Randall Rd. It was a wonderful purchase and I am so happy it will be flying high again!
Tina October 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thanks for the information. There was one part of your reporting that was a bit disheartening: "The flag was originally hung from its location to hide the cell phone tower it is connected to, Huchel said. " When I first saw the flag on Rakow/Randall I was excited to know that our community was showing Patriotism and a form of oneness. But to hear it was only a cover-up was a disappointment.
David October 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Right. That eyesore called Riverfront Plaza needs to be torn down. It's nothing but a blighted corner now.
john bean October 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
"Several area Patch.com readers have been asking about a 30-square-foot by 60-square-foot flag that was taken down in recent months." Flag in 3D?
Joe Riley January 04, 2013 at 06:54 AM
This giant flag has been touching lives since it is first raised in the place. For many people it symbolizes their huge love for the country. It is only necessary to keep the flag flying to lift up the spirit of the people. - http://www.colonialflag.com/big_flags_s/182.htm

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