Macomb Courthouse Square

Three Plans Presented
3:56 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Designs Unveiled for Downtown Macomb

Concept A1
Rich Egger

Three concepts have emerged thus far as Macomb considers possible changes to the look of its downtown square.

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Fed Decision Coming Soon
2:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

State Panel Endorses Macomb Historic District

The north side of Macomb's courthouse square
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb is on the verge of having its courthouse square declared a national historic district.

The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council has recommended the designation to the federal government, which almost always follows the state panel’s suggestion.

However, Mayor Mike Inman said the city won’t begin preparing signs or making plans just yet.

Inman believes it will be 60 to 90 days before the city learns of the federal government’s decision.

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Top Stories
3:20 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Home Stretch for Macomb Historic District Application

The southeast side of Macomb's courthouse square
Credit Rich Egger

The long process of adding Macomb’s downtown district to the National Historic Register is about to come to an end.

The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council will meet February 22 in Springfield to consider the city’s application. Its recommendation will be sent to the National Park Service, which almost always follows the council’s suggestion.

It could be May before the park service makes the official announcement.

Historic Consultant Victoria Granacki, who’s been helping Macomb with its application, likes the city’s chances.

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Macomb Seeking Consultant
11:11 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Helping Hand for Revitalization Project

The north side of Macomb's courthouse square
Credit Rich Egger

Engineering firms have until January 17 to make their case for getting involved with Macomb’s downtown revitalization project.

The city is soliciting “Request for Qualifications” from consultants. Community Development Director Ed Basch told aldermen the city prefers to hire a firm with experience in downstate Illinois.

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Five Part Series
1:36 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Turning Around the Downtown

This slide show takes a look at what some downtown walls might look like with murals. We start at Digger's College City Bowl...
Curtis Bisbee

Macomb is getting ready to work on its courthouse square. Repairs will be made to the streets and possibly the infrastructure underneath. The project gives the city, businesses, and residents a rare opportunity to re-examine the square and ensure it remains vibrant for decades to come.

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