First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Illinois State Fire Marshal Withdraws Statewide Sprinkler Mandate

Proposed fire regulation change would have placed an unfair financial burden on arts organizations

State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis withdrew proposed changes to the Illinois Fire Prevention and Safety Code which would have harmed many arts organizations.

Appropriations Committee Rejects Amendment to Restore NEA Funding

 US House Appropriations Committee Proposes $71 Million Cut to the National Endowment for the Arts

Yesterday the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted down an amendment to restore funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

New Committee Chair for Special Events, Cultural Affairs, & Recreation

Ald. Joseph Moore will serve as the incoming Chair of the City Council Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs, and Recreation.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Alderman Joseph Moore (49th Ward) will serve as the incoming Chair of the City Council Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs, and Recreation, replacing Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.

US House Appropriations Committee Proposes $71 Million Cut to NEA

 US House Appropriations Committee Proposes $71 Million Cut to the National Endowment for the Arts

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its funding recommendations for fiscal year 2014, including a proposal to cut $71 million from the National Endowment for the Arts—a 49 percent reduction from fiscal year 2013.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association presented Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership, which honors a public official who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts at the state level.

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