Former home of Pekin Daily Times demolished

By WEEK Producer

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- It was a bittersweet day for employees of a local newspaper.

Monday, demolition crews began to tear down the former home of the Pekin Daily Times. The building was sold to Tazewell County last year.

Sharon Woods Harris, a reporter who has been working at the newspaper for the last 25 years, was assigned to write about the demolition.

"It's almost like writing my own obituary. A lot of good memories here. The start of a career for me and a lot of careers started there. We're going to miss it," Harris said.

Tazewell county originally bought the property to build a parking lot in its place, but now that plan has been put on hold. This has some residents who were trying to save the building a bit upset.

"The fact that its just going to sit here, not even be a usable piece of property for any purpose, I think that's what has me the most upset today," said Executive Director of Pekin Main Street Melinda Heien.

The Pekin Times building was over 100 years old. It started off as a ice cream parlor, before being used as a masonic lodge, ballroom, and eventually the home for the local newspaper.

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