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Monmouth Buildings on National Register

Monmouth, IL – Sixty buildings around Monmouth's downtown square have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Linda Lee Blaine of the Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership says the designation is expected to boost tourism. She says it can also help spur downtown renovation. Building owners who fix up their buildings according to guidelines can be eligible for a 20-percent tax credit. Blaine says the next step will be further research on the architectural style and history of each building. She will be working toward preparing a placque for each structure to explain its significance.