Budget Impasse Threatens Museum’s Reputation

(Springfield, IL) — The state budget crisis has already closed the doors of four state museum facilities, and now it threatens to damage their reputation. The independent commission that accredits museums around the country has put the state museums on probation, fearing that the shutdown will cause permanent damage and threaten their long-term viability. Probation could lead to the loss of the accreditation that the museum system has had since 1972, making it difficult to retain qualified staff.