Rauner: Illinois State Museum may open with its own funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation to reopen the Illinois State Museum, but says it may operate again if the museum can find its own funding through entry fees, donations and partnerships. The Republican governor used his veto powers Friday to suggest the changes to a bipartisan bill he’s had since December. Rauner closed the museum in Springfield and its satellite locations, including one in Chicago, on Oct. 1 because the state doesn’t have a budget. Rauner said in the veto letter to lawmakers that the museum should charge entrance fees and get funding from private and public parties that want to support its mission. The state was spending $6 million annually on the museum. Lawmakers must approve Rauner’s changes. With enough votes they also could override his veto.