- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A bipartisan legislative commission has rejected Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to close two state facilities.

On a pair of 7-2 votes, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability issued non-binding decisions against shuttering the Illinois State Museum and the Department of Corrections’ Hardin County Work Camp in southern Illinois.

Legislative Democrats have been in a standoff all summer over a state budget for the year that began July 1.

Rauner says he has to close the 138-year-old state museum, including the Springfield institution; artisans’ galleries in Chicago, Lockport, and Rend Lake; and the Dickson Mounds burial grounds in western Illinois. Advocates say the work camp in southern Illinois is one of the region’s economic engines.

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Online: Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability: https://cgfa.ilga.gov/

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