State Museum Hearing
Also during the week, the Legislature’s bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CoGFA) held a hearing about the possibility of closing the Illinois State Museum as part of ongoing preparations for state spending reductions should the budget impasse continue. The hearing was held to comply with the State Facilities Closure Act passed into law several years ago. If the closure goes forward, other operations tied to the State Museum would also shut down. They include, a research and collection center in Springfield, the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown and Illinois artisan shops in Lockport, Chicago and Whittington. The State Museum is part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.