Landmarks Illinois Releases Annual List Of Endangered Historic Places

(CBS) — The preservation group Landmarks Illinois is out with its “Most Endangered Historic Places” list for this year.

Many of the places on the list of about a dozen are publicly owned or owned by institutions.

Bonnie McDonald, the president of Landmarks Illinois, says what’s going on in Springfield, or perhaps not going on, is directly related to places appearing on the Most Endangered list.

“What we’re seeing is the uncertainty about the state budget is leaving local governments to have to make very difficult choices about where they’re going to invest their money and what maintenance they’re going to do on their existing buildings,” she said

One building on the list, for example, is the Harley Clarke mansion in Evanston, owned by the city.

McDonald says Evanston is apparently not doing anything with the building because there’s no state budget, but she says the city should perhaps pursue a public-private partnership to save the place.

Also on the list in the Chicago area: Public school buildings in Highland Park and St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Chicago, which the archdiocese has said will close.

You can see the full list at www.landmarks.org.

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