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News From The Road


Throughout Western Illinois, many communities are committed to historic preservation and the quality of life and economic benefits it provides, especially through tourism and revitalized downtowns. Here is a sampling of communities and their activities recently visited by Landmarks Illinois staff:. Click a map label for Information and photos.




Western Illinois




Belleville (St. Clair County)


With the recent opening of the MetroLink light rail system connecting to downtown St. Louis, Missouri, the city of Belleville and its region is experiencing a population boom. However, with this new growth have come new preservation challenges due to rapid development and sprawl. Although the City of Belleville has had a preservation ordinance since the early 1970s -- one of the earliest in the state -- the Commission lacks adequate financial or staff support.

To counter this problem, several past members of the Commission have founded Citizens Reviving Historic Belleville,  a local non-profit advocacy group. It currently has over 100 members to advocate for preservation efforts in Belleville through educational programs and community participation. In addition, the local Illinois Main Street program, Belleville Main Street, is focused on assisting owners of downtown commercial building with façade renovations, upstairs apartment and loft developments.

Click a map label for photos  Information on other Western Illinois communities.


News From the Road 2005

News From the Road 2006

News From the Road 2007

News From the Road 2008



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