First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

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.

Tickets on sale for Voices of a Creative State benefit

Voices of a Creative State | Friday, May 17, 2013 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | Hilton Chicago | 720 South Michigan

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.

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