Rauner to consider legislation separating Lincoln museum from IHPA

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SPRINGFIELD - A plan that would separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has been given to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration.

The proposal was sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan, and is part of a trade with Rauner.  The legislation separating the two entities passed the Illinois Senate in a 34-18 vote.

Under that trade, Rauner would be allowed to have a nonprofit agency handle Illinois' business-development efforts.  However, talks between Rauner and Madigan broke down last week, as lawmakers continue to debate over a proposed state budget.

ALPLM officials have said that the museum could be more efficient by being a stand-alone entity.  Illinois Historic Preservation Agency officials oppose the idea of separation.

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