First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

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.

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.

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