The Illinois State Museum system could lose its national accreditation due to the closures imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner during the ongoing budget stalemate. The state's museum system has been accredited since 1972.
Earlier this week, the American Alliance of Museums' Accreditation Commission voted 7-0 to put Illinois state's museum system on probation as a direct result of the closings imposed by the governor last month.
"The actions by the Illinois state government that forced the Illinois State Museum system to close to the public left us no choice but to place this museum on probation pending further information from the museum system," the commission's chairman Burt Logan said via statement.
The commission has accredited some 1,000 museums in the U.S., using criteria based on financial viability, the collections featured in the facility, as well as staff, among other benchmarks.