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State Museum And Other Sites Closing Today

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to close state museums and a sport-shooting complex to the public because of the budget crisis, even though most staff will still report to work. 

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield and four satellite locations and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta are to close Wednesday because of the budget standoff.  

Rauner's office initially sent layoff notices to more than 100 workers at those sites in an effort to save about $5 million.  

But unions sued, saying the layoffs violated their contract. Rauner's office agreed to postpone the layoffs pending a court decision.  

A Rauner spokeswoman says some museum workers will continue regular duties. Others will be given ``temporary roles.''  

Museum board Chairman Guerry Suggs says the situation ``doesn't make any sense.''

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