It’s round two for an attempt to reopen the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and branch locations throughout the state after a state senator put forth a new measure he says is in line with the governor’s amendatory veto of a previous measure. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says his new attempt to open the facilities that have been closed since October matches up with changes Gov. Bruce Rauner offered in an amendatory veto.
Changes include allowing for the facilities to charge admission as a way to generate revenue for operations.
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Leading Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy applauded the new bill as a sign both sides can come together to find meaningful solutions. A representative from the Department of Natural Resources said the department supports the proposed measure, which now heads to the full Senate for a vote.