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Hopes Raised for Illinois Historic Sites and Parks

by Michael R. Allen

From an Associated Press story (“Ill. parks on closure list are pawns, backers say”):

Since the governor announced his plan, the people who work at and visit the parks and historic sites have looked for any sign he might reverse course.

Their hopes have been raised the past couple of weeks, first by General Assembly votes to restore the money, and then Wednesday by Blagojevich’s decision to free up $231 million lawmakers hope could prevent the layoffs and closures.

The governor, though, hasn’t acted on a second measure that authorizes using the money to restore the cuts. And it isn’t clear that he will by the end of November.

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