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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Volume 128 No. 6

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Lawmakers fight to save Lockport Gallery, other state museum sites

Village, library among community partners hosting Hunger Action Month events

By Marney Simon for the enterprise

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Photo By Andrea Earnest | Enterprise Staff

(Above) Library staff wore orange Sept. 3 to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month. (Below, Submitted) Plainfield Emergency Management Agency is lending a bus, which will appear at different locations around town, to raise awareness.

The state of Illinois has yet to see a budget in place. But state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, hopes that at least part of those unaccounted for dollars will go toward preserving the past in one of Lockport’s most historic locations. McGuire held a town hall meeting in Lockport Sept. 2, speaking with members of the public before later addressing the Lockport City Council. The senator said a bill aimed at keeping five branches of the Illinois State Museum open is headed for a vote in the Illinois House, after passing through the Senate back on Aug. 4. The bill amends the state statute on how the museum and its branches are run, adding in crucial wording to keep Lockport and three other regional sites open. “Senate Bill 317 is a bill that says the state of Illinois shall—not may—shall operate a state museum in Springfield and [four] branches, including the Lockport Gallery,” McGuire said. “Last week, the governor sent layoff notices to state museum employees with a Sept. 30 closing date for all the facilities.” The Lockport Gallery sits inside the Norton Building, which served as a strategic point along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Built around 1850, the building was originally used to process, package and store grain. Rehabbed in 1989, the entire structure is now a mixed-use building, housing residential and commercial space, as well as the museum. The museum is also an anchor for historic sites and the I&M Canal’s nature trail, and sits a stone’s throw from Lockport’s bustling business and shopping district.

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