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New law could save old school buildings

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:51:38 CDT
By: AP

Architects and preservation advocates are praising a change to Illinois law that may help save historic schools from the wrecking ball. Governor Pat Quinn signed an amendment to the state's school construction law this week. The change allows school districts to consider rehabilitating aging buildings, rather than just demolishing and replacing them. The preservation group "Landmarks Illinois," says there are hundreds of historic school buildings around the state. Some of them were on the group's list of the state's 10 most endangered historic places this year. The group's president, Bonnie McDonald, says the amendment will help districts hold on to historic schools, many of which are architecturally important. Landmarks Illinois says saving older schools is also the green choice because it keeps demolished buildings out of landfills.

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