State of Illinois
90th General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, One of  the  issues  before  the  United  States
 3    Congress  is whether the National Endowment for the Arts, the
 4    agency that supports state art councils and local arts groups
 5    and  community  projects,  will  continue  to  receive  money
 6    appropriated from the federal budget; and
 7        WHEREAS, Without federal funding, many ballet  companies,
 8    theaters,  operas,  symphonies,  and museums may be forced to
 9    reduce their availability to the public  and  possibly  cease
10    operating; and
11        WHEREAS,  This  funding  contributes  to  the  health and
12    preservation of our cultural heritage while  recognizing  and
13    giving  a  voice  to  the cultural diversity inherent to this
14    State and nation; and
15        WHEREAS,  Already,  in  1997,  Illinois   received   over
16    $2,800,000  in grants given to organizations large and small,
17    from the Chicago Civic Opera to  the  Glen  Ellyn  Children's
18    Chorus; and
19        WHEREAS, Citizens of the United States and our society as
20    a  whole  benefit from the broad dissemination of the various
21    arts; and
22        WHEREAS, Federal  funding,  together  with  support  from
23    corporations  and  individuals,  has been responsible for the
24    evolution of the arts; therefore, be it
26    OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge the  Congress  of  the
27    United  States to appropriate sufficient funds to continue to
28    fund the National Endowment  for  the  Arts  at  the  present
29    levels of funding; and be it further
30        RESOLVED,  That  suitable  copies  of  this resolution be
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 1    forwarded to House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Representative
 2    Donald  Payne,  and  to   each   member   of   the   Illinois
 3    congressional delegation.

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