AM 1RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar’s proposal to reopen the Illinois State Museum system received veto-proof support from lawmakers in their efforts to undo the governor’s closings.

Manar (D-Bunker Hill) introduced Senate Bill 317 in July to guarantee that the State Museum in Springfield –and its four branch sites—stay open.

The Senate approved the legislation in August. The House approved it Tuesday. Both the House and Senate approved it with bipartisan, veto-proof majorities. The legislation now goes to the governor.

Manar issued the following statement:

“The State Museum is a vital educational and cultural institution and should remain open. The success of this legislation is a credit to the work of every ISM supporter who made the case and showed how important this institution truly is.”

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