UPDATE: House Committee Postpones Hearing on Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation


CHICAGO – The Illinois House Committee on Tourism has decided to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday, October 12 to review allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the nonprofit entity tasked with raising money for the taxpayer-supported Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Representative Ann Williams, D-Chicago, Chairperson of the Tourism Committee, informed Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, of her decision this afternoon, hours after the October 12 hearing date was posted on the Illinois General Assembly website.

“It is imperative that we hold public hearings as soon as possible on this very important issue that has received national media attention,” Representative Ives said. “Back in the August the Foundation Board voted in a private meeting to begin the process of finding an auction house to sell off artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Public hearings are essential to get to the bottom of all the unanswered questions about how the Foundation has managed their funds and how they intend to pay off their debt.”

Representative Ives has filed legislation, House Bill 5958, to make the ALPLF subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act laws. Doing so would disclose all the Foundation’s financial records and meetings to the public.

Please call Representative Ives at (217) 558-1037 for more information. Background information concerning this matter can be found HERE.
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