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Senate Votes to Keep Illinois State Museum and Lockport Gallery Open

mcguire manar museumsSPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate late Tuesday afternoon voted overwhelmingly to keep the Illinois State Museum and its five branches open. Gov. Bruce Rauner has moved to shutter the headquarters museum in Springfield as well as sites in Chicago, Dickson Mounds, Lockport, and Rend Lake. The vote on SB 317 was 40-9, with an additional 5 senators voting present.

The legislation’s primary sponsor is Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), in whose district the headquarters museum sits. Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill), whose district includes the Illinois State Museum-Lockport Gallery, is a chief co-sponsor. McGuire explained the benefits of the Lockport site during floor debate on the proposal.

“The Lockport Gallery not only has aesthetic and educational value,” McGuire said, “it also has economic value.” McGuire said gallery visitors patronize downtown Lockport shops and restaurants. “This increases sales tax revenue and enlarges the property tax base,” he said.

The measure now goes to the House for approval. On Wednesday, the legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability casts an advisory vote on the Governor’s action to shut the entire Illinois State Museum system.

Sen. Pat McGuire

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43rd District

Years served:
2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; State Government (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Prisons (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Former teacher, school board member, Will County treasurer and Braidwood City Clerk; attended Joliet Catholic schools from first grade through college; married (Lora) with one daughter (Molly).

Associated Representatives:
John Connor
Lawrence Walsh, Jr.