LIVE Freeport Park District Board Meeting As Board Votes 3-2 To Demolish Oakdale Tabernacle

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Built in 1915 and demolished in 2020, last evening in Freeport the Freeport Park District board voted 3-2 to demolish the historic Oakdale Tabernacle located at Oakdale Nature Preserve in Freeport, Illinois.

The tabernacle, slated to be demolished in January, was up for a re-vote because wording on the Jan. 7 agenda was reportedly “vague.” Freeport Park District Commissioner Ken Collin said the Illinois Attorney General’s office recommended a re-vote, saying that failure to do so could be an Open Meetings Act violation.

Community members spoke up at the meeting, hoping to push the board to reconsider its demolition.

Here is our LIVE broadcast, part one, of last night’s meeting.

LIVE broadcast, part two, of last night’s meeting.

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