First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog
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.
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, 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 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.
To celebrate the strength and diversity of the arts in Illinois, Arts Alliance Illinois will host our inaugural benefit luncheon, Voices of a Creative State, on May 17, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago.