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Illinois Historic Sites Make Mandatory Cuts

Updated: Wednesday, August 6 2014, 10:51 AM CDT
ILLINOIS -- Many of your favorite historic sites around the state are going to be harder to visit after Labor Day. In response to the incomplete budget passed by the general assembly, the Illinois Historic Preservation Association announced that 13 sites will be closed one extra day a week, starting after the Labor Day holiday.

The budget approved by lawmakers in May cuts funds to operate historic sites by more than a million dollars. These cuts won't balance the agency's budget, but they hope it will help get lawmakers attention in the fall.      

Chris Wills of the IHPA says, "Tighten our belt right now. Cut hours to try to save money as much as possible and keep operations going and then work with the general assembly in January and February and try to get them to restore those cuts so that we have enough money to keep those sites open in the long run."

Site impacted in Springfield include the Dana Thomas House, the Lincoln Tomb, the Old State Capitol, and the Vachel Lindsey Home.Illinois Historic Sites Make Mandatory Cuts

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