- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) - A house in the southern Illinois city of Du Quoin (doo-KOYN’) is being demolished after the City Council put it up for sale for $100 in December.

Any buyer of the house built in the early 1880s would have had to make renovations and live there for seven years as part of a homesteading program. But Du Quoin Mayor Guy Alongi says no viable offers had been made since December.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1gfQ0iM ) reports the house will be torn down in an agreement with the owner of a child care center. The lot was sold for $6,800, which is what the demolition will cost.

Alongi says the choice to sell the house under the homesteading program was made by a previous city administration. He called the program is “very cumbersome.”

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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