Historic Preservation Illinois Southern Illinois

Illinois Closes Cahokia Courthouse, Fort de Chartres and Other Sites

by Michael R. Allen

Unbelievable — according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is forced to close five historic sites due to budget cuts by Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich. Five are near St. Louis, and are popular destinations for families and student groups from the St. Louis area:

  • Fort de Chartres
  • Pierre Menard Home
  • Cahokia Courthouse
  • Fort Kaskaskia
  • Vandalia Statehouse

    What becomes of these highly significant places? Stay tuned.