First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Gov. Quinn launches Creative Economy Initiative in Illinois

Gov. Quinn launches Creative Economy Initiative in Illinois at Arts Alliance Illinois Make Art Work forum in Chicago

This week, Governor Pat Quinn launched a Creative Economy Initiative in Illinois. Through this initiative, public and private sector stakeholders will work together to determine the smartest policies to grow creative companies and jobs in Illinois.

How the arts fare in Gov. Quinn's FY14 budget proposal

Gov. Quinn has proposed a 1.7 percent cut to the Illinois Arts Council Agency in his fiscal year 2014 budget

Earlier this week, Governor Pat Quinn proposed a budget for fiscal year 2014. It includes a 1.7 percent cut to the Illinois Arts Council—which would drop the state's investment in the agency by $140,300 to $8 million, or 62 cents per person.

What sequestration means for the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts takes a $7.3 million hit as a result of sequestration

The government has started to phase in $85 billion in cuts to federal spending. These far-reaching and across-the-board cuts, referred to as sequestration, translate into a $7.3 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robin Kelly wins special Democratic primary

Robin Kelly

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

Governor announces new $54 million ISU Fine Arts Complex

Governor Pat Quinn at Illinois State University

Governor Pat Quinn announced that the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program will provide more than $54 million for the development of a Fine Arts Complex on the Illinois State University campus. The project is expected to create 775 construction jobs in the Normal community.

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