An Illinois legislative committee advanced a plan Tuesday allowing the State Museum in Springfield to charge a $5 adult admission fee.
The admission fee, according to the Rauner administration, is needed in order to reopen the facility, which closed in October with other Illinois State Museum sites.
Five Illinois State Museum sites, located in Springfield, Lockport, Chicago, Dickson Mounds and Rend Lake, were closed as part of the Rauner administration's efforts to cut costs during the budget impasse.
Now that the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) has signed off on the admission fee, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is expected to reopen July 2.
The planned reopening could prevent the museum from possibly losing its accreditation. In October, the American Alliance of Museums' Accreditation Commission voted to put the Illinois State Museum system on probation as a direct result of the closings imposed by the governor.