First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

City Council to Provide Water Bill Relief to Chicago Nonprofits

Water bill relief coming to Chicago nonprofits

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.

Highlights from National Arts Advocacy Day

U.S. Capitol

April 8 & 9, 2013 marked the 26th annual Arts Advocacy Day, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for advocates to speak out for the arts and arts education and be heard by Congress.

Arts Alliance Illinois in Springfield for Museum Advocacy Day

State of the Seal of Illinois

Arts Alliance Illinois traveled to Springfield to participate in Museum Advocacy Day with the Illinois Association of Museums and the Illinois State Museum.

President Obama proposes slight increase to NEA funding in FY14 budget

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 includes a funding request of $154.5 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, a slight increase of 0.14 percent or roughly $200,000 from his fiscal year 2013 request.

Robin Kelly (D) wins special election for 2nd district congressional seat

U.S. Representative-elect Robin Kelly

Robin Kelly, a former state representative and chief administrative officer for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, handily won the special election for the 2nd congressional district seat resigned by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in November.

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