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Now in its 20th year, this statewide list from the group Landmarks Illinois "calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship, creative reuse plans, and/or advances in public policy."

A news release issued this week finds "the slow economic recovery, state budget crisis, and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois."

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Seasonal wrapping of “The Eternal Indian” statue near Oregon, Ill., will resume within a few days. The century-old statue near Oregon Illinois has been deteriorating for decades. 

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We continue our occasional series “Community Close-Up” in Oregon, Illinois.  For the past nine years: large sculptures have been popping up around town.  They are part of a decade-long effort to expand the city’s tradition of art.