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A midday rally Tuesday draws a few hundred supporters of the Illinois State Museum to the Capitol grounds.

Governor Rauner is seeking to close the facility. Among the most outspoken supporters was Jonathan Reyman, a retired State Museum employee, who served as curator of anthropology, he offered an unflattering comparison of the Governor to some of America's enemies abroad.

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State Senator Andy Manar has sponsored legislation designed to keep the museum open. He called Governor Rauner out of touch on the issue.

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Museum supporters delivered petitions supporting the museum with 11,000 names included to the Governor's office.

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