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Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson Leads Free Lecture at Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Hosted by Landmarks Illinois and Illinois Department of National Resources

Landmarks Illinois has partnered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division to host a lecture led by Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago, at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.

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Landmarks Illinois' Small Preservation Grants Create Big Impact at State Historic Sites

A new analysis of the nearly 200 grants Landmarks Illinois has awarded over the past 33 years shows recipients were able to use the LI funding to ultimately save an important historic resource and to leverage additional funds needed to finish a large-scale historic preservation project. A new study prepared by PlaceEconomics for Landmarks Illinois, called “No Small Change: The Grant Programs of Landmarks Illinois,” reviewed a total of 192 grants awarded between 1984 and 2017 through three Landmarks Illinois grant programs: The Endangered Building grant program, the Preservation Heritage Fund, and the Barbara C. Thomas E. Donnelley II grant program.

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Landmarks Illinois Statement on Governor Signing RERZ Historic Tax Credit Extension

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1783, which extends the River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit through 2021. Landmarks Illinois applauds the governor for extending this vital historic preservation incentive in Illinois. (Photo: Aurora St. Charles Senior Living in Aurora is one beneficiary of the tax credit, and is being honored by Landmarks Illinois at our 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. credit: Leslie Schwartz)

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LI, Kennedy-King College and Vamonde partner to share inspiring stories of people saving places

Landmarks Illinois has partnered with the place-based storytelling platform Vamonde to share the inspiring stories included in a recent video project produced in collaboration with Kennedy-King College students.

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Landmarks Illinois announced the recipients of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. Every year, the awards pay tribute to inspiring individuals and organizations that put forth extraordinary effort to elevate historic preservation practice and advocacy in Illinois. Read the full press release for more about each award-winning historic preservation project. (Pictures: Joliet Central High School Student Center Addition)

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July 24 Statement Wheaton City Council

Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera gave a statement to the Wheaton City Council on July 24 regarding a special use permit request for a planned unit development. The request would allow a local Wheaton couple to move the historic House of Seven Gables to a new location to prevent the home from being demolished.

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Landmarks Illinois Announces First Recipients of WWI Memorial Grant Program

Landmarks Illinois has awarded the first round of funding through the Landmarks Illinois World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program. The City of Aurora and the Second Indianhead Division Association are recipients of the recently launched grant program that provides monetary assistance to preserve World War I outdoor monuments and memorials in Illinois.

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Landmarks Illinois awards $31,500 in funding during first half of 2017 through annual grant programs

Landmarks Illinois today announced $31,500 in grant funding for a dozen historic preservation projects in Illinois through its Preservation Heritage Fund and Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund grant programs.

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Landmarks Illinois Will Honor Cedar Street Companies at Cocktail Reception at the Rehabilitated Bush Temple in Chicago

Landmarks Illinois’ Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) will honor Cedar Street Companies at its 2017 RBIC event on July 25, 2017 at the rehabilitated Bush Temple of Music in Chicago. Read the full press release for details on the event and Cedar Street’s adaptive reuse projects.

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Meet "People Saving Places" Student Interns from Kennedy-King College

Read the extended Q&A article with Kennedy-King College student filmmakers to learn about their experience creating a series of videos for Landmarks Illinois’ “People Saving Places” video project. A shorter version of this article published in our June 2017 print newsletter, The Arch.

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LI President Bonnie McDonald Testifies in Support of RERZ Historic Tax Credit Extension Bill

On April 12, 2017, Landmarks Illinois President & CEO Bonnie McDonald testified before the House Revenue & Finance Committee at a subject matter hearing in Chicago in support of bipartisan legislation to extend the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit (Pictured: Bonnie McDonald testifying, with local preservationist and economic development professional, Janet Mathis, in the background representing Renew Moline.)

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Landmarks Illinois announces 2017 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Landmarks Illinois announced its 2017 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois on April 6, 2017, at a press conference in Springfield. Read the full press release to learn which historic sites around the state were named to this year’s list. (Pictured: James R. Thompson Center, Chicago. Credit: Landmarks Illinois)

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2017 Legendary Landmarks Celebration Wrap-Up

Landmarks Illinois and 755 guests, including longtime LI supporters, fellow historic preservation advocates, local officials and our 2017 Legendary Landmark Honorees, gathered at the Hilton Chicago on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the 12th Legendary Landmarks Celebration. Read more about our event and see photos from the evening. (Photo: 2017 Legendary Landmarks Daniel McCaffery, Richard Hunt and Fred Eychaner at Landmarks Illinois’ Legendary Landmarks Celebration, held March 15, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago. Credit: Diane Alexander White Photography)

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Landmarks Illinois Launches New WWI Monument Grant Program

On March 21, 2017, Landmarks Illinois announced a new grant program to provide monetary assistance to preserve World War I outdoor monuments and memorials within the state of Illinois.

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Letter to Wheaton Planning & Zoning Board Regarding the House of Seven Gables

On Feb. 13, 2017, Landmarks Illinois submitted a letter to the Wheaton Planning & Zoning Board that advocates for the reuse of the Jarvis Hunt-designed House of Seven Gables in the proposed redevelopment of the Loretto Convent property. The letter urges the Board and staff to work with the developer to redevelop the property while retaining the historic building.

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2017 Legendary Landmarks Celebration

Landmarks Illinois will host its annual Legendary Landmarks Celebration the evening of March 15, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Now in its 12th year, the celebration pays tribute to civic and cultural leaders who are making a mark on Chicago and beyond. Read the full press release to learn more about the event and this year’s Legendary Landmarks Honorees.

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Landmarks Illinois Statement: Public Documents Show YWCA Demolition More Costly Than Rehab

Landmarks Illinois believes recently released public documents on the Springfield City Clerk’s website show that reuse of the YWCA building in the Central Springfield Historic District would be more economically feasible than demolition of the structure.

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Landmarks Illinois’ Statement on City’s sound insulation program in Norwood Park

Landmarks Illinois believes the City of Chicago’s federally funded sound insulation program for designated residences within the Norwood Park Historic District provides homeowners with the proper resources to sound insulate their houses while maintaining the historic character of the structure. Read our full statement for why we believe this program is a smart and deserving investment in a nationally recognized historic community. (photo credit: Gabriel X. Michael)

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2016 Real Estate and Building Industries Council Event

Landmarks Illinois will present Amtrak with its 2016 Real Estate and Building Industries Council (RBIC) Award at a cocktail networking reception Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. in the newly restored Burlington Room at Chicago Union Station.

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Landmarks Illinois' Statement on Loretto Convent Property Development Plans in Wheaton

On November 14, 2016, Landmarks Illinois submitted a statement to the Wheaton City Council regarding a Planned Unit Development proposal for the Loretto Convent property. The plans call for demolition of the historic House of Seven Gables, a home LI has placed on its Chicagoland Watch List in the past and one we believe exceptionally important both architecturally and historically to the city of Wheaton.

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Elgin Laundry Building Reuse Study

Landmarks Illinois, in partnership with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and the City of Elgin, released a study that explores reuse opportunities for the Elgin Laundry Building, a unique accordion-shaped facility designed by Bertrand Goldberg and built on the former Elgin Mental Health Hospital grounds. The study identifies how the currently unused Elgin Laundry Building could be reused as a multipurpose recreational facility.

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St. Boniface Saved - Landmarks Illinois' statement on the news

After 17 years of advocacy, the historic former St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church in Chicago’s Near Northwest Side neighborhood will finally have a new life. On Friday, Sept. 23, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development announced the church had been purchased by Chicago developer Stas Development, saving the historic building from demolition.

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September 22, 2016

Landmarks Illinois will honor nine exceptional historic preservation projects next month at the Landmarks Illinois 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Celebration Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Venue One in Chicago.

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Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement

Glessner House Museum, Landmarks Illinois and AIA Chicago will hold a day-long symposium, Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement, Saturday, October 8, focused on the future of historic preservation in Chicago and honoring the preservation efforts of our past.

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