Illinois House panel to hold Lincoln Presidential Library hearing

CHICAGO - A hearing has been scheduled by an Illinois House panel to discuss Michael Madigan's proposal to separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The hearing will be held by the House State Government Administration committee on Wednesday in Chicago.

The plan was introduced by Madigan in May.  Madigan says the separation is necessary because the presidential library must obtain permission for its operations from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.  He also adds there would be no cost to the separation, and the library's advisory board could take over governance.

However, the IHPA's chairwoman of the board says the separation would cost approximately $2 million a year, and would also hinder joint programming.

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