Legislation seeking to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to shut down the Illinois State Museum system during the budget stalemate has cleared the legislature and is now under consideration by the administration.
The measure, SB 317, which calls for the reopening of the state's museum facilities, passed the General Assembly on Tuesday.
Five Illinois State Museum sites, located in Springfield, Lockport, Chicago, Dickson Mounds and Rend Lake, closed last month as part of the Rauner administration's efforts to cut costs during the budget impasse. Employees at the facilities are currently being paid during the closures as a result of a lawsuit.
The Illinois State Museum system could lose its national accreditation due to the closures.