Those responsible for this shocking lack of transparency and flagrant mismanagement of taxpayer funds should be held accountable – and the State of Illinois must act to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

This year, the FY19 state budget allocates $11 million to operate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield. The ALPLM Foundation, which operates nothing in the museum, siphons off bookstore profits and rental fees and sells unlimited admission with membership but doesn't share that with the taxpayer-funded museum.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives

The Illinois State Fair opens Thursday, August 9 and runs through Sunday, August 19 at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Whether you go every year or have never been before, there are many family-friendly activities and attractions at this year’s State Fair to celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial.

Bringing kids to the State Fair? Check out this list of daily kids’ activities taking place!

While in Springfield, you may also want to visit the newly-renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion at 410 E. Jackson Street, which re-opened to the public on July 14. Check out the Chicago Sun-Times article for a photo slideshow that gives you a look inside the Mansion. The $15 million dollar renovation was financed entirely with private funds. No taxpayer dollars were used.

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now. Look for another update from me in the coming weeks with details for my Town Hall Meeting in September and a preview of what to look for during the General Assembly’s Fall Veto Session in November.