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Historic Preservation Board “Blindsided” by Lincoln Museum Proposal

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The chairwoman of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency board says members were “blindsided” by a legislative proposal to split the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the agency.

Sunny Fischer issued a statement asking the General Assembly to delay House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal until after the trustees meet in June and provide input.

Madigan introduced the plan last week and says it’s necessary because the world-renowned Lincoln institution is held back by needing permission for its operations from the Historic Preservation Agency.

He says there’s no cost to the change, and the library’s advisory board could take over governance. Fischer says the split would cost $1.9 million a year and hinder joint programs underway.

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