State lawmakers are making another legislative effort to reopen the Illinois State Museum system.
A state bill, spearheaded Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), includes some of the requests made recently by Gov. Bruce Rauner when he used an amendatory veto on legislation that sought to reverse the museum closures.
The new bill, which won approval Wednesday in the Senate Executive Committee, calls for charging museum entry fees and would allow for private funds to be raised for the museum's operations, as requested by Rauner.
Lawmakers are adopting some of Rauner's suggestions after the Illinois Senate failed to override the governor's amendatory veto of the original bill last month.
Five Illinois State Museum sites, located in Springfield, Lockport, Chicago, Dickson Mounds and Rend Lake, closed in October 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.