This year’s list of Illinois’ most endangered historic places includes the state’s own historic preservation office. As part of the governor’s proposed budget, funding for the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) would be zeroed out. Bonnie McDonald, president of Landmarks Illinois, says no other state agency is equipped to help review projects involving historic buildings.
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“A loss of staff and budget to the SHPO will slow down project reviews, and have a major impact on the real estate development community, job creation, and put Illinois at risk of losing matching federal funds,” McDonald said today in Springfield as her organization announced its annual list of the most endangered historic sites.
The appropriation to the office in the current fiscal year is $750,000.
The rest of the list:
The Arnold-Crowe house, Chicago
The Black Hawk statue, Oregon
The Bowen Building (Peoria State Hospital), Bartonville
Central Park Theater, Chicago
Condell House, Springfield
Mid-century modern houses, statewide
Thatchcot House, Herrin
William H. Coventry House and Barn, Harvard
Schulze Bakery, Chicago
Historic properties in River Edge Development Zones, statewide