Those involved in running the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum don’t agree on whether the museum should be split from the state’s preservation agency. Steven Beckett, who chairs the library’s advisory board, was the one who first proposed the idea to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Beckett says the current management structure is too convoluted. “No coordination, no real attempt at coordination, no flow. There is no flow,” Beckett said at a hearing on the subject Wednesday in Chicago.
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But Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, says the argument that splitting the museum from the agency would cut costs isn’t true. “There still would not be enough money,” Martin said. “In fact, some of the limited funds available would have to pay for the administrative services now provided by the (Illinois) Historic Preservation Agency.” The separation legislation stalled in the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers on the panel hearing testimony today say a different bill affecting the museum’s operations could be considered next year.