Jimenez Efforts Help Yield IDNR Plan to Reopen the Illinois State Museum

After months of work and discussions to make sure the State Museum opens its doors, State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez today applauded the announcement by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) that they plan to reopen the Illinois State Museum on July 2nd.

“This museum is a very important part of the Springfield community and the Illinois community as a whole. Its home to exhibits that allow us to learn about and connect with our state’s history. Today’s announcement is very good news for future generations who will continue to be able to explore their Illinois heritage at the Illinois State Museum,” said Representative Jimenez.  “This session I’ve filed legislation and have done my best to work with all parties to make sure that this became a reality.”

According to the IDNR announcement, a proposal to charge a small admission fee for adults at the museum near the Capitol will be considered and hopefully approved at the June 14th meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). Children under 18 will continue to be admitted free.  The approval of the adult admission fee will help fund museum operations and pave the way for the July relaunch. Representative Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), along with State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) this spring worked to pass legislation allowing the charging of the nominal adult admission fee to secure the museum’s reopening.

“The State Museum was facing a July deadline to reopen or possibly lose their accreditation. The JCAR hearing is the fastest path to providing funding needed to get the museum open again to the public,” Representative Jimenez said. “Approval at the hearing will be a win for everyone.”