The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election.
Any change in oversight for the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will have to wait. Legislation that would have taken the facility away from the authority of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has stalled in the Illinois Senate.
Rikeesha Phelon, a spokesperson for the Senate President, says the measure won't be called this spring. This decision comes after calls for more study. The plan could be revived in the fall session, following the election later this year.
As the Spring Session nears its end, the House and Senate agree on a state spending plan, but a decision on keeping the state income tax at its current level will probably be held off until after November. Also, House Speaker Madigan suggests divorcing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.
The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.
The head of Illinois' Democratic Party, Michael Madigan, wants Illinois to spend $100 million dollars on a Presidential Library and Museum for Barack Obama.
It's up to Obama to choose where it'll be located.
Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum say attendance was up more than 7 percent in 2013, thanks in part to the popularity of Steven Spielberg's film ``Lincoln.''
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/Km7rhf ) nearly 314,000 people visited the museum through November. That's about 10,000 more visitors than in all of 2012. Attendance is on pace to be the highest since 2010.
In 2009 _ the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth _ more than 600,000 people visited the Springfield museum.
Few people these days can tell you much about former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner other than he spent time in prison. But there was more to the man who oversaw state government from 1961 to 1968. This Saturday, an all day conference in Springfield will focus on Kerner, looking at his professional accomplishments, his trial and conviction and his private life.
The event, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will include journalists, politicians and even members of Kerner's family.
Daniel Day-Lewis, center, portrays the title character in "Lincoln." One of his costumes and the cabinet room set are among the items from the film to be displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Credit DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox
A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois. Director Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
The museum will get two big sets: the Lincoln bedroom, and the cabinet room in which the president — played by Daniel Day-Lewis — argued for passage of a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.
Springfield officials say they're worried the federal government's partial shutdown may cut into tourism. That's because Abraham Lincoln's home _ one of the city's top tourists attractions _ is closed since it's operated by the National Parks Service. The site drew more than 295,000 visitors last year. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1cqLqtj ) the closure comes after peak tourism season. The co-owner of a nearby restaurant says there's a noticeable impact on her business as foot traffic declines.
The Lincoln family had its share of health problems, as did most living in the eighteen-hundreds. Local historian and author Glenna Schroeder-Lein recently wrote about it in a book called 'Lincoln and Medicine'.
She's also helped curate an exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum about medicine during the civil war era, which runs through November. Schroeder-Lein joins us to tell us more about her book and the exhibit:
Three authors will visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield this summer to shed new light on issues ranging from the Civil War, to morality and music. The authors will sign copies of their books and present lectures.
The founder of the Mormon Church and efforts to extradite him in the 1800's will again provide courtroom drama as a series of events will be held later this year. Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hearings were held regarding Missouri's attempt to extradite him from Illinois for charges that included treason. Smith exercised his right of habeas corpus, requiring hearings to determine if they were being lawfully held in custody.
This year marks the bicentennial of the birth for one of Illinois' most notable politicians. But Stephen Douglas fell far short of his rival, Abraham Lincoln, in both height and the history books. Douglas was more than simply a footnote in Illinois' past. An exhibit underway at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum sheds some light on the Little Giant. It includes items pertaining to Douglas.
James Cornelius is Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the facility and tells us more.