The Rauner administration is moving forward with plans to close the Illinois State Museum system and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in southern Illinois during the budget impasse.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced on Friday that the facilities, which the agency controls, will close as scheduled on Wednesday because there is no state budget in place. Employees at the facilities will continue to report to work during the closures, the agency said.
"While employees will return to work, the facilities will remain closed to the public during the suspension," reads an IDNR news release. "Closure at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex is limited to shooting sports events. The main event center, restaurant, Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame and access to boat ramps for fishing will remain open."
Last Tuesday, the Rauner administration said it was halting the layoffs of over 100 unionized IDNR employees, including Illinois state museum workers. Two state employee unions sued the state in an effort to block the scheduled layoffs.
According to IDNR's news release, "Those layoffs have been suspended indefinitely due to an agreement between the State of Illinois and labor unions representing employees affected."
The facilities in question "will remain closed while the court case regarding the associated layoffs is arbitrated," according to IDNR.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders remain at odds over a state budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which began July 1.