- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) - Continued repairs to an aging southern Illinois courthouse have some elected leaders hoping for a federal historic designation that could make it easier to pay for the building’s preservation.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (bit.ly/1C2sjwW ) reports that Jackson County’s governing board has enlisted two consultants to nominate the county courthouse in Murphysboro to the National Register of Historic Places. A state committee must first approve the nomination.

The 87-year-old building was built after the deadly Tri-State Tornado in 1925. Its current problems range from burst pipes and mold damage to crumbling tuck-pointing.

A heavy snowfall followed by a fast warm-up in mid-February caused flooding that displaced staff and records from a first-floor clerk’s office and cost $65,000 to fix.

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