Preservation Services Division
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency operates historic sites, but it also helps homeowners, businesses and communities preserve their own historic resources. The Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is home to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for Illinois. Each state and territory has a SHPO, an office 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; providing Main Street design services; and providing education, training, and technical assistance to the public in historic preservation matters.