First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Arts and Culture in Mayor Emanuel’s Recommended FY14 Budget for Chicago

Chicago skyline

On October 23, 2013 Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his recommended budget for FY2014 to the Chicago City Council.

The Federal Government Shutdown and Its Impact on the Arts

Government Shutdown

At 12:01am on October 1st, with the failure of Congress to pass a temporary funding bill – known as a continuing resolution – which would have funded the government for several months, the U.S. federal government ran out of money triggering the first partial government shutdown since 1995.

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.

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