First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog
Today Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the state’s budget for fiscal year 2014. It includes a 24 percent increase to the Illinois Arts Council Agency—raising the state's investment in the Arts Council to $10.1 million, or 79 cents per person. The state invested 63 cents per person in 2013 and ranked 26th in the nation in per capita spending on the arts.
The Illinois General Assembly just passed a budget that increases funding for the Illinois Arts Council Agency in fiscal year 2014 by 24 percent.
Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has announced that 37 new grant awards, totaling $1.82 million, will be delivered to arts organizations across Illinois.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma in announcing the investment of an additional $500,000 of City funding towards the implementation of the first ever Arts Education Plan for the Chicago Public Schools.
The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance which will restructure the way Chicago nonprofits are charged by the city for their water usage. The ordinance amends legislation originally passed in 2011 which would have phased out fee exemptions provided to most nonprofit organizations.