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Illinois historic sites planning to reduce hours

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' historic sites aren't expected to close because of budget cuts but are planning to curtail visiting hours after Labor Day.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1pOx0Zj ) that Gov. Pat Quinn's office is helping the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to implement the plan. About $1.1 million was cut from the historic sites section of the Historic Preservation Agency's budget. The 19 percent cut for historic sites is part of a $35.7 billion budget approved by lawmakers in May that doesn't allocate enough money to cover expenses and relies on accounting gimmicks.

Historic Preservation Agency director Amy Martin says the agency plans to finalize a list of sites with reduced hours by August.

Martin says she hopes the agency's budget will be restored by lawmakers after the November election.

Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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