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In August the venerable Illinois State Museum in Springfield may be forced to close due to severe state budget shortfalls. Supporters rallied outside the Illinois State Capitol on July 21 to protest the proposed shuttering of the museum, along with the other facilities it operates around the state.

Read the background: http://news.sciencemag.org/funding/2015/07/illinois-science-museum-pawn-budget-fight

Read the update: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150721/NEWS/150729879