Little slices of Illinois history are threatened every year as construction season starts. The state’s historic preservation agency wants to maintain old cemeteries. Agency spokesman Dave Blanchette says cemeteries are the last links we have to our ancestors and it’s important to respect that. He says finding a cemetery isn’t rocket science, yet every year grave markers are moved or thrown away without permission to make way for job sites.
“People should just be on the lookout for things that obviously look like grave markers,” he says. “Even if it looks like part of a tombstone, stop and take a close look.”\
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Blanchette says there’s a greater sense of urgency to protect the grave markers this year, as an early spring has sprung construction sites earlier than usual. He says it’s against the law to move graveyards without permission, but in some instances it’s allowed with authorization and proper precautions.