Question: With its $23 million marijuana-growing center in Delavan that, if all goes as planned, will soon expand another 600,000 square feet and sprawl nearly 70 acres, the Tazewell County town is fast becoming home of one of the Midwest's largest marijuana facilities. What is the irony there?
Answer: Back in 1840, Delavan was founded by one of America's leading temperance advocates, Edward C. Delavan. From Buffalo, N.Y., he believed alcohol was “the liquid of the devil himself” and deigned that the town must be a "testament" to "clean-living." Meanwhile, 180 years later, with more than 300 expected to be employed when the marijuana-growing center expands, leaders of Delavan today are seeing marijuana as a boon to the Delavan economy, not a detriment.