Rauner pushes for compromise, which includes continued closure of Thompson Center art gallery

On Monday, the state of Illinois announced the reopening of the Illinois State Museum, a 138-year-old institution closed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last September. But it's not exactly that easy. 


Multiple state facilities have been closed to the public due to the budget stalemate – legislation passed on Tuesday could change that.

A mastodon fossil at the now closed Illinois State Museum (Flickr / Mike Linksvayer)

At least 43 union workers continue to cash checks from the state, despite the closure of several institutions, including the 138-year-old Illinois State Museum in Springfield.