Thirteen Illinois communities are receiving more than $87,000 in federal grants for local historic preservation projects. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is distributing the grants to communities that make preservation a top priority. Spokesman Dave Blanchette says help like this is unusual.
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“There’s not a lot out there, and especially in these tough economic times it’s always heartening to be able to be able to disburse some funding which helps promote what people have in their communities,” he said. The grants pay up to 70 percent of the projects. Blanchette says the projects will help the communities better document their history and educate the public about it.