The Illinois State Museum in Springfield could reopen on July 2, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Five Illinois State Museum sites, located in Springfield, Lockport, Chicago, Dickson Mounds and Rend Lake, closed in October as part of the Rauner administration's efforts to cut costs during the budget impasse.
The planned reopening of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, as well as Dickson Mounds Museum and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield, hinges on whether an Illinois legislative committee approves an administrative rule allowing the museum to charge a $5 adult admission fee, IDNR said Tuesday.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) is expected to consider the administrative rule June 14.
"IDNR has been working steadily through the JCAR process to establish the administrative rule to set an admission fee," IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal said in a statement. "By setting the admission fee, working closely with the Illinois State Museum Board and Illinois State Museum Society, we feel we are setting the Museum on a more sustainable path for the future."
The department added that it "continues to work with stakeholders in communities where other Illinois State Museum branches are located in hopes of securing partnerships that would allow those branches to open."