Stop Blagojevich from cutting funding to state historic sites 2

During the 3rd week of July, Rod Blagojevich is slashing 50% of the state's budget used to maintain state historic sites.  The sites range from the well-known Lincoln stops in Springfield to the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Bryant Cottage in Bement, the Shawneetown Bank in Old Shawneetown, and our own Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island. 

These cuts will be debated by the state general assembly beginning on Wednesday, July 16th. 

Please sign this petition and let Illinois law makers know that the money used to maintain our state's historic and cultural touchstones is well worth our time, effort, and expense.
We the undersigned express our support of state spending for Illinois State Historic Sites and their staff.  We find the proposed budget cuts by Rod Blagojevich to the funding of State Historic Sites to be a deep blow to our collective cultural history and understanding.  We wish to express to the Governor, as well as the Illinois General Assembly, that we value both a balanced budget as well as support for our Historic and Cultural sites. 

The educational opportunities provided by our State Historic Sites is invaluable.  The support staff, which would be impacted severely by these cuts, is an essential part of the cultural interpretation that these sites provide to the public. 

We the undersigned do not support the $2.8 billion in budget cuts proposed by Rod Blagojevich, and we ask you join us in defiance.

Thank you.
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