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State Historic Sites to Curtail Hours

State Historic Sites to Curtail Hours

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Illinois’ historic sites aren’t expected to close because of budget cuts but are planning to curtail visiting hours after Labor Day.

About $1.1 million was cut from the historic sites section of the Historic Preservation Agency’s budget. The 19 percent cut for historic sites is part of a $35.7 billion budget approved by lawmakers in May that doesn’t allocate enough money to cover expenses and relies on accounting gimmicks.

Historic Preservation Agency director Amy Martin says the agency plans to finalize a list of sites with reduced hours by August.

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