Illinois history, nature get added protection via merger
A merger inside the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will help protect the state's nature and culture, according to a press release.
The INDR announced that the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has been merged into the Division of Historic Sites, a new division in the IDNR's Office of Land Management.
The new division will operate sites considered important to the state's heritage and serve as the home of the State Historic Preservation Office, which handles tax incentives for historic-building rehabilitation, judges government-funded construction work on how the work affects historic aspects, and oversees nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, the news release said.
The merger adds “a tax-credit program that generated more than $1 billion in private-sector spending on historic rehabilitation projects,”according to the IDNR.
Bringing the offices together will make more efficient use of taxpayer money, IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal said in the news release.
“These two offices will complement and enhance our mission as the agency responsible for protecting our natural and cultural resources in the state of Illinois,” Rosenthal said.