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Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Facing Funding Cuts

Updated: Friday, June 13 2014, 05:08 PM CDT
ILLINOIS -- New budget year for the state of Illinois starts July 1.

Lawmakers have passed a budget, but Gov. Pat Quinn is still reviewing all the line items.

In the meantime, state agencies are operating in limbo not knowing what's around the corner.

"You have to take a look at hours, staffing and sites or so forth. Our goal would be to find a way to implement the cuts, to absorb the cuts, without harming the state's tourism and harming the state's economy," said Christopher Wells, spokesperson for IHPA.

Springfield is full of history and that history has been contributing to the state's economy for years.

The budget lawmakers sent Quinn cuts $1.1 million for historic sites and visitors to the area don't think it's a good way to save money.

"I think if we eliminated them we would be using a major treasure," said Penina Frankel, a tourist.

But resident's understand the choices aren't easy.

Joe Gossett, a Springfield resident asks, "Where do you determine what is important and what isn't important? So they're going to have to make some really tough decisions, I don't know what they're going to do."

It's certainly causing some uncertainty for the staff of the IHPA and the communities where our sites are located and everyone wants to know what this is going to mean and so we're just working as hard as we can to come up with answers soon," Wells said.

Quinn still has to sign the budget, and it would take effect July 1.

Until then, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will continue debating how best to move forward. Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Facing Funding Cuts


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