Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Historic Preservation Agency Act. Creates the Freedom Trail Commission. Contains provisions concerning the membership and duties of the commission. Provides that the commission must prepare a master plan to promote and preserve the history of the freedom trail and underground railroad in the State; work in conjunction with State and federal authorities to sponsor commemorations, linkages, seminars, and public forums on the freedom trail and underground railroad in the State and in neighboring states; assist and promote the making of applications for inclusion in the national and State register of historic places for significant historic places related to the freedom trail and the underground railroad in the State; assist and develop partnerships to seek public and private funds to carry out activities to protect, preserve, and promote the legacy of the freedom trail and underground railroad in the State; and work with the Illinois State Board of Education to evaluate, conduct research concerning, and develop a curriculum for use in Illinois public schools regarding the underground railroad, with emphasis on the activities of the underground railroad within this State. Provides that the commission must report its activities and findings to the General Assembly by February 1, 2004. Effective immediately.
The costs that would be created by SB 1363 are estimated to total $215,000 and would fall into three areas:
(1) Travel and administrative costs for the Commission members and staff - $20,000
(2) Staff and consultant costs - $135,000
(3) Publications, promotion, and sponsorships - $60,000
Fiscal Note (State Board of Education)
The costs for the Illinois State Board of Education would be to evaluate. conduct research concerning underground railroads and develop a curriculum for use in the schools regarding the underground railroad. It is not clear what is being evaluated or if a curriculum is being evaluated. This agency generally doesn't conduct research but what is intended may be researching curriculum, and that would be done in the course of curriculum development. The actual development of curriculum would be the single cost-estimate of $15,000 for a team of teachers/editor/staff contact here.