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State Historic Preservation Office

The Historic Preservation Division of DNR operates historic sites, but it also helps homeowners, businesses and communities preserve their own historic resources. Each state and territory has a State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) which is authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The SHPO is charged with administering federal and state preservation programs and laws, including: overseeing the nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places; conducting surveys of historic and archaeological resources; reviewing federal and state undertakings (such as road projects) for their impact on cultural resources; working with local governments in developing local historic preservation programs in preparation for designation as Certified Local Governments; administering rehabilitation tax incentives for qualified historic buildings; and providing education, training, and technical assistance to the public in historic preservation matters.
Please click here to view the State Historic Preservation Plan 2012–2016.
Available for download are one-page, printer-friendly summaries of the IL SHPO's main programs: