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Senate action prompts Rauner administration to reopen museum

museum 8 7 15 mrSPRINGFIELD—After months of advocacy and numerous legislative initiatives by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced a plan to reopen the state museum.

Following the announcement, Manar issued the following statement:

“This decision is long overdue. Even though the museum was closed, the employees were still reporting to work every day so we weren’t achieving any savings.

“Reopening the museum is an easy, common sense decision.”

“I want to thank all of those involved who worked to reopen the state museum since the governor closed it in October.

“I’m pleased that we could find a way to give the public access to this great resource once again.”

In response to the museum closure, Senator Manar sponsored four legislative measures, Senate Bill 2161, Senate Bill 572, House Bill 5783 and Senate Bill 317, all of which would have reopened the state museums to the public.

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