Committee chairman asking lawmakers to wait on making Lincoln Library decision

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SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois Legislative committee chairman says an outside study should be performed before lawmakers consider plans to separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from a state agency.

According to state Representative Jack Franks, chairman of the State Government Administration Committee, it would be "prudent" to wait for experts' reports, which are expected to be submitted in January.  The experts are being commissioned by Franks' committee to study the issue.

The proposal that would separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency was brought before the committee by House Speaker Michael Madigan.  

Madigan first proposed the legislation after a clash between museum and agency leaders.  However, the proposal was not called by the Senate.  The reintroduced legislation remains in committee.
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