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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials say the state had 30 properties added to the National Register of Historic Places last year. This includes a newly-created Downtown Peoria Historic District.

  Further studies of the park that's the future home of the Obama Presidential Center are expected to start this week.

The center is planned for Jackson Park, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It's on Chicago's South Side along Lake Michigan.

     Federal reviews are needed before construction starts. There's a meeting Friday in Chicago to study potential impacts.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency added 25 significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.  The list includes a historic apartment building on Main St. in Peoria. 

An extra-alarm fire at Chicago's old Post Office has been struck out with no injuries.  Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says firefighters were called to the long-vacant structure around 10:30 a.m.  The fire was extinguished after about an hour. 

Illinois Issues: Historic Dilemma

Aug 22, 2016

Efforts to preserve historic buildings in low-income and inner-city neighborhoods throughout the state face challenges — like the lack of access to financing and restoration projects taking a back seat to more pressing issues in the community. 

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Fire officials in Peoria now say they believe a blaze at the abandoned historic downtown Madison Theater was caused by arson.

A historic former gas station and Route 66 landmark in Normal could become a city-owned tourist attraction.   The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on the purchase of the onetime Sprague's service station.  The 85-year-old building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a town landmark.

The Peoria Warehouse District is among 23 Illinois sites added last year to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sealtest building to undergo renovations

Oct 2, 2014

Some local developers are moving forward with plans to revive some old buildings within Peoria’s Warehouse District. Local entrepreneur Pat Sullivan along with partner John Hunt are renovating the more than 115-year old Sealtest building located on the corner of Washington and State streets.

The two-million dollar project will turn the former ice cream factory into a mix of various businesses and condominiums. Sullivan says the area is ready for redevelopment.

Warehouse District declared historic

Sep 30, 2014
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Peoria’s Warehouse Historic District is now part of National Register of Historic Places. 

The owners of the historic Madison Theater in downtown Peoria and city officials are looking for those interested in renovating the run-down building. The two are issuing requests for interest and qualifications to rehab the theater, and for potential new construction on the adjacent city-owned parking lot.