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Historic Sites Could Close



 SPRINGFIELD- Preservationists worry historic sites across the state could close if Governor Quinn's budget doesn't pass. 
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency controls 56 sites across the state, like the Old State Capitol and Lincoln's Tomb. 
But a spokesperson says if a proposal to maintain the income tax at 5 percent doesn't pass, they will be forced to eliminate 23 positions and close at least ten sites.
He says in doing this, the state might actually lose money. 
"Our sites generate 180 millions dollars a year in tourism activity," says spokesperson Chris Wills.  "So if you cut a couple million from our agency, you cut much more than that in revenues for the state."
Wills says without extending the tax hike the agency will have even lower budget than when it was founded in 1986.


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