reopen the Museum.
Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB 317 could create a pathway to reopen the popular landmark. Under the Governor’s policy amendatory veto message, the State Museum will be green-lighted to develop a new operating plan under which the Museum could resume operations. The proposed new operating plan will include the State Museum’s first-ever admission fee for visitors, and will rely upon increased help from volunteer aides and private-sector donors/friends of the Museum.
Friends of the Illinois State Museum hope that the effort can also be used to reopen two subsidiary Museum facilities: Dickson Mounds near Lewistown, a facility oriented toward the story of Illinois River Native Americans, and an art gallery by the banks of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in suburban Lockport, Illinois.