- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

GALENA, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has created a panel to review the strengths and weaknesses of the governing structure for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Monday’s move comes in the wake of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s introduction of legislation to split the library from the agency. He contends the institution is held back by needing permission for its operations from the Historic Preservation Agency.

The preservation agency’s panel will determine if the agency’s governance is hampering work at the library or harming efforts to preserve and promote Illinois history.

Historic Preservation Board of Trustees chairwoman Sunny Fischer says she was surprised by the legislation to split the agency and the presidential library. However, she said the situation offers a chance to assess whether any improvements are needed.

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