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2018 President's Award - Landmarks Illinois
Landmarks Illinois staff 2018

Great Places in Illinois as part of the state’s celebration. We can’t imagine how many Great Places we might have lost over the years if we didn’t have Landmarks Illinois working to preserve historic architecture,” she says. 

Landmarks Illinois is a membership-based nonprofit organization that inspires and empowers stakeholders to save Illinois places that matter to them. It was founded in 1971 by a handful of dedicated preservationists engaged in the struggle to save the Chicago Stock Exchange Building designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler. 

Just like AIA Illinois, Landmarks Illinois works “on the front lines and behind the scenes to find solutions by leveraging relationships, resources and creativity.”

Staff from the two organizations, led by Bonnie MacDonald and Mike Waldinger, worked diligently over many years to gain a majority of support for a tax credit for the state’s historic buildings, which was signed into law by Governor Rauner last summer. 

One of Landmarks’ most well-known programs is the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois, an annual list of threatened or endangered properties around the state nominated by citizens. The list also draws attention to important policy issues that affect these properties and historic properties throughout the state, on which both organizations will continue to work together to address in upcoming legislative sessions.

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Kim Kurtenbach, 2018 AIA Illinois Board President, is pleased to recognize the decade-long partnership between AIA Illinois and Landmarks Illinois that culminated in the passage of a historic tax credit bill this past year, by bestowing the 2018 President’s Award on Landmarks Illinois.

AIA Illinois will present the President’s Award at a special ceremony at the Chicago Architecture Center on Monday, February 4, 2019 (date change from January 30). In making the announcement, Kurtenbach noted that it was fitting to recognize Landmarks Illinois during the state’s Bicentennial year. “This year AIA Illinois named 200

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