First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

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.

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.

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.

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