State To Award Millions In Grants To Museums

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Museums all across Illinois are applying for millions of dollars in state funding.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports, the applications are part of the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, which awarded more than $15 million in 2010. That money is earmarked for museums to improve facilities and develop new exhibits.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports

The maximum grant for any one project is $750,000. The source of the funding is the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program.

To qualify for the grants, the museums have to be public.

The deadline for the applications is May 7.

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  • Roberta Waker

    I thought the State of Illinois was broke. While museums are an important part of our heritage and lives, millions could be better spent on people and families that really need this money until and IF the economy ever improves.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @Roberta- BRAVO!! Maybe Quinn has been busy watering the money tree??

  • zatso

    This is the most STUPID waste of money the state could be handing out now.

    Remember , the museums used to be free. Families can’t afford Chicago museums now. And don’t start about free days. Look at when they are available.

    The article doesn’t state that the money is being given to free public museums, it only states “open to the public.

    Putting up with this kind of grant makes the public look STUPID. There are a lot of STUPID people, just ask your friends.


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