Legislative & Policy Issues


The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings. Since 1976, the credit has leveraged over $96.87 billion in private investment to preserve 44,341 historic properties. The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices.

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As of January 1, 2019, Illinois has had a statewide Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Landmarks Illinois, alongside preservation partners, spent over a decade advocating for this important incentive. The Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program provides a state income-tax credit equal to 25% of a project's Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures (QREs), not to exceed $3 million, to owners of certified historic structures who undertake certified rehabilitation projects.

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In March 2016, the Illinois Historic Preservation Legislative Caucus welcomed new co-chair Rep. Steve Andersson of Geneva, joining Sen. Pam Althoff, Sen. Andy Manar and Rep. Jerry Costello. Landmarks Illinois works with the caucus to advance preservation policy and legislation – most recently the focus has been the need to extend the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit program.

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