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Article updated: 4/12/2013 9:05 AM

Group ready to restore old Ill. sheriff's home


PAXTON -- The old sheriff's home and jail in downtown Paxton has been deteriorating for years, but new owners plan to change that.

Royce Baier is president of the Paxton Foundation. He says the group plans to start work soon on the buildings that sit on the square in the eastern Illinois town. Paxton is about 25 miles northeast of Champaign.

Baier tells The News-Gazette in Champaign his group is eager to get to work on the buildings.

The Italianate sheriff's home dates to 1871. The old stone jail is attached.

Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said the board voted this week to sell the old buildings to the foundation for $10.

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