First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

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.

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.

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