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Governor Signs Bill Transferring Ownership of Salem Armory to City of Salem

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Governor Pat Quinn has sign legislation into law that would allow for the City of Salem to immediately take possession of the vacant Salem Armory Building on North College Street.  

State Representative John Cavaletto sponsored the legislation and State Senator Kyle McCarter was able to get it passed in the Senate.  Cavaletto says the transfer not only helps the city in making the building available for reuse, but it saves the state money in not having to provide upkeep.   

The State Legislature and Governor had earlier approved the transfer, but the original bill would not have allowed the transaction to occur until June 1st.  The City has received a proposal from U.S. Sonet to move their business operation to the Armory as well as making some unused space available to the community for meetings and other activities.  

The Armory is no longer used now that the Salem National Guard unit has been merged into the new Mt. Vernon Readiness Center. 

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