Illinois town holds off on plans to demolish old arena

Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 10:19 am
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SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) The City Council in a small eastern Illinois town has backtracked on plans to demolish a century-old landmark that needs work.

The Herald & Review in Decatur reports that the Shelbyville City Council rescinded a motion on Monday seeking bids to demolish the Shelbyville Chautauqua. The town's about 35 miles south of Decatur.

Repairing the circular auditorium will cost about $1.7 million. Councilman Brent Fogleman originally called for demolition but now says he'd like the city to look for other options.

A local group is trying to raise money and has more than $100,000.

Chautauqua was a national movement that brought speakers and cultural events to towns across the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Shelbyville's arena was once a center for community entertainment.


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