Advocacy News

President Obama’s FY15 Budget and What It Means for the Arts

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On March 4, 2014, President Obama released his FY2015 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation's cultural agencies and programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  If passed by Congress and signed by the President, the NEA would receive only $146 million in federal funding.

Theater Actors Can Still “Light Up” in Win for Artistic Integrity in Chicago

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Theatre actors will be exempt from Chicago City Council Ordinance banning indoor use of electronic cigarettes.

...theatre actors shall be allowed to use nicotine-free electronic cigarettes within performance spaces.

          -- Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 4-64 (Substitute Ordinance 2013-6160)

NEA Successfully Avoids 49% Budget Cut; Returns to Pre-sequestration Funding Level

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Last week, both the U.S. House and Senate passed a $1.1 billion FY2014 omnibus spending bill which will fund the federal government through the end of September 2014.

Governor Quinn Vetoes Reduction in Free Days for Museums

Governor Pat Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a bill that would have allowed museums and aquariums to cut in half the number of free days they are required to offer to Illinois residents.