Budget cuts force Illinois historic sites to reduce hours

SPRINGFIELD - Thirteen of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's historic sites will have to cut their hours starting after Labor Day.

On Monday, the agency said that a 19 percent cut in its budget, down to $4.6 million, is forcing the reduction of hours.  Most sites affected will reduce the days that they're open from five to four.

According to Director Amy Martin, even with the cuts the agency's budget isn't balanced.  Martin hopes spending will be held in check by the reductions until lawmakers can consider restoring some funding this fall.

Martin also says that some lawmakers have indicated that an increase in funding could be possible.

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