Courthouse receives $1 million for restoration

Courthouse receives $1 million for restoration

Macoupin County’s million dollar courthouse is set to receive a $1 million investment for its restoration under the recently passed State of Illinois capital infrastructure plan. The dollar amount of the investment is a nod to the courthouse’s original construction cost in 1870, garnering it the nickname, “Million Dollar Courthouse.”

State Senator Andy Manar announced the news on Tuesday and stated he had advocated for this and other downstate projects while negotiating this year’s balanced budget and capital plan.

“Macoupin County is my home. I love this place beyond words, and I will always go to bat for the people of Macoupin County. This is just one important piece of a bipartisan balanced budget, and it is important to me that downstate Illinois sees its fair share of investment,” Manar said. “It is my hope that with this investment, along with the leadership of Sheriff Kahl and the County Board, our courthouse will get the repairs needed to preserve our unique history while keeping it operational for generations to come.”

“This additional funding will be a major boost for one of our county’s most treasured historic sites,” said Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, who worked with Manar to secure the funding. “We have one of the oldest and most beautiful courthouses in the entire state, and I’m glad to see that the state is committed to preserving a major part of Macoupin County history.”

The Macoupin County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named one of Illinois’ great places by the American Institute of Architects. Years of delayed maintenance on the building, however, have left it in need of repairs.

Read the full story in the 6-6-19 edition of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.