Amendment to State Law
amendment to the state’s school construction law went
into effect on August 8, 2012, following Governor Pat
Quinn’s signature of SB 639 at a ceremony held at
Pershing West Middle School in Chicago. The bill amends
the current law in order to help encourage the
rehabilitation of historic and older schools.
State law previously mandated that school districts
“replace aging school buildings.” With the passage of
the SB 639 amendment, school districts will now be able
to weigh equally the option of rehabilitation versus
replacement. “This amendment will help school districts
throughout the state retain historic schools that are
often considered architecturally significant to their
communities,” said Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of
Landmarks Illinois, a preservation advocacy group that
helped initiate the legislation.
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click read the full press release below.