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Preservationists Oppose Cuts in Illinois State Budget for Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Preservation advocates, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, budget cuts, Governor Blagojevich, Historic Sites Division
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

Preservation advocates in Illinois have mobilized in response to a potentially devastating budget cut to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency that would impact the operation of several historic sites state-wide. Advocates are urging Governor Rod Blagojevich to sign two recently passed Senate bills that would restore full funding for Illinois’ Historic Sites.

Governor Blagojevich had vetoed $2.7 million from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s (IHPA) fiscal year 2009 budget, putting more than half of the state’s 60-plus historic sites at immediate risk as it specifically targets the personal services line of the Historic Sites Division. The Historic Sites Division of IHPA oversees an array of historically significant places ranging from the earthen-mound remnants of a prehistoric Native American city at Cahokia Mounds to Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House, a twentieth-century masterpiece designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

However, recently proposed Senate Bills (SB 790/SB 1103) could restore historic sites funding. During a special session on September 23rd, the Illinois Senate approved these two bills (previously passed and amended in the House) that would restore the cuts previously made by the Governor. If enacted, these bills would keep over a dozen historic sites throughout Illinois from closing their doors in November and save hundreds of state workers from being laid off.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Preservation advocates, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, budget cuts, Governor Blagojevich, Historic Sites Division

Posted: September 29, 2008
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