Illinois museums to share $15M in state money


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Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:25 am
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CHICAGO (AP) Public museums in Illinois will share $15 million in state money for facility improvements and new exhibits.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding on Thursday. His office says it will create more than 370 jobs.

The money comes from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages the program. About 50 museums, parks, gardens and zoos will receive funding.

Institutions receiving money include Chicago's Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo. Washington Park Botanical Garden in Springfield, the Rockford Art Museum, Quincy Art Center and the Peoria Zoo also will receive money.

This year's $15 million follows $15 million given to institutions in 2010.














 




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1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
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