Illinois town holds off on plans to demolish old arena

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The Herald & Review in Decatur reports that the Shelbyville City Council rescinded a motion on Monday seeking bids to demolish the Shelbyville Chautauqua.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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

(More History)