Illinois town holds off on plans to demolish old arena


Share
Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 10:19 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

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The Herald & Review in Decatur reports that the Shelbyville City Council rescinded a motion on Monday seeking bids to demolish the Shelbyville Chautauqua.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.














 



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






(More History)