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Historic Sites Sounding Alarm on Slashed Funding

Historic Sites Sounding Alarm on Slashed Funding

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Illinois preservationists say almost 18 percent of the state’s historic sites might close because of potential budget cuts.

The director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says ten historic sites might have to close starting in July if lawmakers don’t make a temporary tax increase permanent. The sites haven’t been identified.

Amy Martin says lowering the income tax rate from 5 percent to 3.75 percent means the agency’s budget would fall to levels not seen in decades.

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