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Full Text of HR1300  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, According to its website, the Abraham Lincoln
3Presidential Library Foundation (the "Foundation") was
4incorporated in 2000 as a not-for-profit organization to
5"assist with private sector fundraising initiatives during the
6planning, construction and implementation phases related to
7the establishment of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
8and Museum in Springfield, Illinois"; and
9    WHEREAS, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
10Museum Act (20 ILCS 3475/15) provides that the Abraham Lincoln
11Presidential Library and Museum (the "Agency") and the
12Foundation shall "mutually co-operate to maximize resources
13available to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
14Museum and to support, sustain, and provide educational
15programs and collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
16Library and Museum"; and
17    WHEREAS, The Act (20 ILCS 3475/15) further provides that
18"[a]ny membership fees collected by the Abraham Lincoln
19Presidential Library Foundation may be used to support the
20Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum programs or
21collections at the Foundation's discretion"; and
22    WHEREAS, The Act (20 ILCS 3475/20) also provides that to



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1facilitate communication and cooperation between the Agency
2and the Foundation, "the Foundation CEO shall serve as a
3non-voting, ex officio member of the Board" of the Agency; and
4    WHEREAS, The Amended and Restated Memorandum of
5Understanding of the Cooperative Agreement by and Between the
6Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (as predecessor to the
7Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum) and the
8Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation outlines the
9general responsibilities of each party; and
10    WHEREAS, Under the agreement, the Agency authorizes the
11Foundation to operate a store and restaurant, to select and
12price merchandise for the store, and to use net income from
13operating the store and restaurant for a variety of purposes,
14one of which is to support the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
15Library and Museum; and
16    WHEREAS, The agreement requires the Foundation to provide
17the Agency with monthly reports that contain information
18related to the income and expenses of the store and restaurant
19within 30 days of the close of each month and to provide its
20annual audited financial statements within 14 days of receipt
21from the Foundation's auditors; and
22    WHEREAS, The agreement authorizes the Agency to inspect the



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1Foundation's books and records, but the Agency is not allowed
2to make copies of those books and records and is required to
3make efforts to keep certain information on a confidential and
4need-to-know only basis; and
5    WHEREAS, The Agreement expires on January 31, 2019 and may
6be renewed every two years with mutual agreement of the
7parties; and
8    WHEREAS, According to published reports, the Foundation
9has outstanding loans and is seeking State support for payment
10of its debt; therefore, be it
13Auditor General is directed to conduct a management audit of
14the relationship between the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
15Library and Museum (the "Agency") and the Abraham Lincoln
16Presidential Library Foundation (the "Foundation"); and be it
18    RESOLVED, That the audit include, but not be limited to,
19the following determinations: (1)The type and amount of direct
20and indirect support provided by the Agency to the Foundation,
21(2) The type and amount of direct and indirect support provided
22by the Foundation to the Agency, (3) The revenues and



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1expenditures related to the Foundation's operation of the store
2and restaurant, (4) The extent to which the Agency has
3monitored its agreement with the Foundation and whether
4required reports are being submitted in a timely manner, (5)
5Any other actions taken by the Agency to oversee the Foundation
6to ensure that the purpose of the relationship is being
7fulfilled to the fullest extent possible, and (6) Whether the
8Foundation has received any other State moneys from any other
9State agency and, if so, the amount and purpose of those funds;
10and be it further
11    RESOLVED, That the audit shall include the past three
12completed fiscal years of the Agency's and Foundation's
13operations; and be it further
14    RESOLVED, That where necessary, the term "agency" shall
15include predecessor agencies and the term "support" shall
16include, but not be limited to, grants, contracts, leases,
17concessions, and admission and event fees; and be it further
18    RESOLVED, That the Agency and any other entity that may
19have relevant information pertaining to this audit cooperate
20fully and promptly with the Auditor General's Office in the
21conduct of this audit; and be it further
22    RESOLVED, That the Auditor General commence this audit as



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1soon as possible and report his findings and recommendations
2upon completion to the Legislative Audit Commission, the
3Governor, and all members of the General Assembly.