On Thursday morning, a unique barn near Carrollton will begin a trip to a new location where it will be preserved for decades to come. The plan to move the Fry Octagonal Barn, rather than see it torn down, is the result of cooperation between the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
More than 2 million people a year visit Illinois state historic sites. The locations play a big role in both state and local economies. But they often lack political muscle. So a more coordinated effort is underway to bring back the Historic Preservation caucus in the Illinois General Assembly.
Speaking on WUIS’ Illinois Edition, Chris Wills with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says there is a need: