Capital Program Investing $15 Million in Public Illinois Museums

CHICAGO (WIFR) -- It was announced today that public museums across Illinois will receive $15 million in state capital investments to improve facilities and develop new exhibits while creating more than 370 jobs.

The investments will help give museum attendees a better understanding of Illinois' culture, history, and natural heritage.

The projects are part of the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, which is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

Today’s announcement marks the second time Governor Quinn has made a significant investment in public museums throughout Illinois. In 2010, nearly $15 million in capital dollars funded exhibit expansion and improvements at more than 50 museums, including new garden exhibits at the Botanic Gardens in both Glencoe and the Quad Cities, an interactive exhibit exploring the history of immigration at the Midway Village Museum in Rockford, and a new conservation and outreach center at the Chicago Zoological Society.

The list of Museum Capital Projects can be found above. Museums in the viewing area of WIFR have been highlighted.

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