- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

WINNEBAGO, Ill. (AP) - If the walls of the 122-year-old town hall in Winnebago could talk, they would tell of community dances, Boy Scout meetings, and presidential balloting.

But they’d also bemoan a crumbling foundation, mold contamination and a leaking roof.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1NFF6v3 ) that township government officials recently abandoned the 1894 hall in Winnebago and put it up for sale. It has been appraised at $62,000 but a buyer would spend thousands to make it habitable.

Local historian John Rowley says his high school band practiced there. Scout troupes met there and theater productions were staged. He says he would like to see a buyer step up, but “it would take some work.”

However, there are others who want to see the building razed and the adjacent veterans’ park expanded.

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