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The Herald & Review in Decatur reports that the Shelbyville City Council rescinded a motion on Monday seeking bids to demolish the Shelbyville Chautauqua.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