Donations drying up for Lincoln library foundation

CHICAGO (AP) - The chairman of the foundation behind the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says fundraising is drying up because of tensions between library directors and the state agency that oversees it.

Wayne Whalen told a legislative panel Wednesday that the foundation has heard from numerous donors who don't plan on contributing money until problems are resolved. The foundation raised more than $4 million last year and has raised about $3 million so far this year.

House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced legislation this spring that would separate the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the museum. Madigan says the Lincoln library is held back because it needs permission for its operations from the agency.

But other lawmakers including Democratic Rep. Jack Franks say that other solutions should be considered.

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