Shown below is a letter concerning the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.  The Governor of IL, the Speaker of the House, and the House Minority Leader is pushing through a bill that would cut the historic site budget by 20 to 25% and move control of the state historic sites to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Tourism section by July 1.  These cuts could cause further reductions at the Bishop Hill State Site (which is the park, Colony Church, Krans Museum, and Bjorklund Hotel) and possibly closure.  I want to emphasize that these cuts will not affect the budget, programs, or projects of the BHHA.  However, reducing even more hours or possibly shutting down the Bishop Hill State Site would adversely affect visitorship for all of Bishop Hill.  For BHHA members who live in Illinois, we would suggest contacting your local state legislators and encourage them to keep the State Site open here in Bishop Hill.  For BHHA members who live outside of Illinois, please contact the Illinois Governor’s office with your concerns. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.  We hope to see you all here for Civil War Day on May 9!

Letter about Illinois historic sites