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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 08:54 am

Finally, a use for the Armory

In next week's installment of Dyspepsiana, I argue that a nice way to mark the State of Illinois' 200th anniversary in 2018 would be to restore the memorial it built to celebrate the commonwealth's first one hundred years -- the Centennial Building, a.k.a. the Howlett Building, on Second Street. 

Objections will be raised because of the cost. Very well, a Plan B exists just a block up the street.

The Illinois State Armory is in some way a perfect memorial to the commonwealth's second hundred years. The state government's indifference to its built heritage over that century has allowed the building to rot and official penny-pinching has stalled its replacement, So there it stands, slowly collapsing, no longer suited to its original purpose but managed by a government that lacks the wit to imagine a new one. All we need to do it put a plaque on it.

Happy anniversary!

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