- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

MONTICELLO, Ill. (AP) - An annual music festival put on by the University of Illinois is on hold this year because of the state’s budget situation.

Jeffrey Magee is director of the university’s School of Music. He told The News-Gazette in Champaign (https://bit.ly/1ihRTMy ) that the annual Allerton Barn Music Festival that’s usually held around Labor Day is not happening this year.

Magee said the university’s request that departments look for places to cut their spending by 10 percent led to the decision.

He said he hopes to bring the festival at the university’s Allerton Park back next year. The park is just outside the eastern Illinois town of Monticello.

The state government has no budget for the current fiscal year while Democrats and Gov. Bruce Rauner disagree over how to address spending shortfalls.



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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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