First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

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

capitol building

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.

Arts & Culture in Mayor Emanuel’s Recommended FY14 Budget for Chicago

Chicago skyline

On October 23, 2013 Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his recommended budget for FY2014 to the Chicago City Council.

The Federal Government Shutdown and its Impact on the Arts

Government Shutdown

At 12:01am on October 1st, with the failure of Congress to pass a temporary funding bill – known as a continuing resolution – which would have funded the government for several months, the U.S. federal government ran out of money triggering the first partial government shutdown since 1995.

Gov. 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.

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