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New Legislation To Reopen Illinois State Museum

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The push to reopen the Illinois State Museum continues in Springfield.

A senate committee approved legislation to get the facility back up and running.

It includes some of the governor’s suggestions such as charging an admission fee and allowing for private funding.

That’s according to sponsor, Senator Andy Manar.

“The goal of the bill is to take the governor’s amendatory veto language, put it in legislation, and present it to the senate. And hopefully this would lead to re-opening of the state museum,” Manar said.

State officials announced a similar plan back in February but no date was given.

The state of Illinois radio (CMS) contributed to this report

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