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Illinois Museums Set to Receive $20M for Facilities

Illinois Museums Set to Receive $20M for Facilities

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

Museums throughout Illinois are expecting millions of dollars in grant money to pay for facility improvements and added exhibits.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Saturday that 47 museums operated by local governments or cities will get $20 million in capital funds. The money comes from a five-year $31 billion capital construction program passed in 2009.

The Chicago Democrat says the investment will help museums attract more visitors, boost tourism and create jobs.

The projects are part of a public museum grant program with a maximum payout of $750,000.

Popular attractions in the Chicago area received grants — including the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium. In central Illinois, the Scovill Zoo in Decatur received funding for a walk-through bird exhibit.

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