February 11, 2019
For many listeners, Illinois may only mean Chicago and the hustle and bustle of the second city – but Illinois is a massive state with a rich and stunning diversity of heritage. It’s a big job to advocate for and preserve that heritage and Landmarks Illinois, founded in 1971, is in a race against time to help the people of Illinois save places that matter. Landmarks Illinois’ President and CEO Bonnie McDonald is today’s guest – a leader in the field who is blending economic and real estate development with historic preservation in new and intriguing ways. It’s time to talk preservation prairie style on this episode of PreserveCast.
Bonnie McDonald joined Landmarks Illinois as its executive leader in 2012. Since her arrival, Landmarks Illinois has opened its first regional office, nearly doubled its staff, initiated a preservation revolving fund and new grant programs, passed needed policies and state legislation, all while engaging in on-the-ground advocacy helping people save places that matter to them. Previously, she served as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Anoka County Historical Society, as well as working previously with Preservation Action in Washington, DC, the Preservation League of New York State, the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.