SPRINGFIELD – The director of the foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library would be appointed by the governor and subject to Senate approval under legislation proposed by State Senator Andy Manar.
“Frankly, I believe there needs to be a better relationship between the presidential library itself and the foundation that was established to support it,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “I think it’s time to re-evaluate how these two bodies work together, and this proposal is one way to do that.”
The presidential library foundation is a private, non-profit organization that was established to support the exhibits and programs of the taxpayer-supported Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. However, numerous reports have detailed a lack of cooperation and communication among the two bodies.
The presidential library and museum operate state under the umbrella of a state agency.
Currently, the presidential library’s board hires the foundation director. Under Manar’s proposal, the governor would nominate a director, and the nomination would go before the Illinois Senate for approval.
“It is my hope that having this nexus would improve the relationship between the two,” Manar said.