Bruce Rauner, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 About Illinois

Stay Informed

Your Government

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General

 IGNN: State/All Press Release

The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.

April 23, 2009

Governor Quinn Announces Reopening of State Historic Sites
11 historic sites across Illinois reopened to the public

Governor Pat QuinnSPRINGFIELD – April 23, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 11 of the state historic sites closed late last year are reopened to the public. At the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Governor Quinn welcomed the first visitors to the site in more than four months.
“As our children prepare for the future, it is important to teach them about the past.” said Governor Quinn. “By visiting our historic sites, families can learn about the Land of Lincoln’s rich history and support our local economies.”
Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed a $1.6 million supplemental appropriations bill to support the re-hiring of all 33 Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) employees who were laid off when the historic sites closed.  The bill also merged IHPA and the Department of Natural Resources, effective July 1.
Governor Quinn praised the organizations and communities that supported reopening of the historic sites after the decision had been made to close them. They include: the City of Bloomington, the David Davis Mansion Foundation, the City of Vandalia, the Vandalia Old Capitol Foundation, and the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.    
The following historic sites will reopen today and most will resume a five day per week schedule:
  • Apple River Fort, Elizabeth
  • Bishop Hill
  • Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island
  • Cahokia Courthouse, Cahokia
  • Carl Sandburg, Galesburg
  • Dana-Thomas House, Springfield
  • Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher
  • Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove
  • Pierre Menard Home, Ellis Grove
  • Jubilee College, Brimfield
  • Lincoln Log Cabin, near Charleston
Governor Quinn was joined by Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin; Jan Grimes, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director; Marc Miller, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director; and Jeff Bigelow, AFSCME Council 31 Regional Director.


News Categories

 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Economic Development
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 Opportunity Returns

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement


Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2017 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us