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
  • St. James Academy, Lemont
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