home

 about us  online store  download forms  join us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Preservation News

Current News

 

 
     

RETURN

 
         
   

State Budget Merges IHPA into DNR

Illinois
 

Under the new Illinois state budget released by Gov. Pat Quinn on March 18, state historic sites will remain closed and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) will end its 24-year-long operation as a stand-alone department. As part of Governor Quinn’s new budget, IHPA will now operate as part of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In 1985, IHPA was separated from the Department of Conservation to function as a stand-alone department. Its duties are to operate over 60 historic sites and memorials and contain the state’s Preservation Services Division, which administers federal historic preservation programs at the state level, such as the National Register for Historic Places and regulatory review of federal projects that impact historic properties.

Despite public pleas for a reversal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision to close a dozen state historic sites, Governor Quinn’s budget does not contain funding that would allow these sites to reopen. Since the announcement of their closing, Landmarks Illinois has led a statewide campaign to reopen the historic sites, which include Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House in Springfield.

“This is a disappointment and we hope the governor will change his mind on the historic sites issue,” said Landmarks Illinois President and CEO Jim Peters. “We also will continue to work with our colleagues at IHPA to ensure that its identity and important role won’t be lost through this merger.”
 

Update: The State Journal-Register

•  Crowd helps Quinn reopen historic house

 

 
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

Landmarks Illinois
Suite 1315
53 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 
tel. 312-922-1742 
fax 312-922-8112

 

 

home              top              help              sitemap              donate             membership              email us  

 

 

© 2010 Landmarks Illinois. All rights reserved. In addition to the copyright to this collective work, copyright to the materials which appear on this site may be held by the individual authors or others. Landmarks Illinois is a
tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1971 and is the state's leading voice for historic preservation.