Thompson Center on endangered places list for 3rd time

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For a third time the state-owned Thompson Center government building in downtown Chicago is on Landmarks Illinois' Most Endangered Historic Places list.

The organization on Wednesday released the list of what it calls "historically, architecturally and culturally significant sites" that it considers as threatened properties. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation outlining a two-year plan to sell the James R. Thompson Center, which was built in 1985. The group says it only supports a sale if the building is reused. Landmarks Illinois calls the center "Chicago's best example of grandly-scaled, Postmodern architecture."

Another repeat on this year's list is the vacant Rock Island County Courthouse, which the western Illinois county is moving to demolish . The Spanish Renaissance-style courthouse was built between 1895 and 1897.