Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL)
Gov. Quinn has consistently maintained that to cut the arts would be shortsighted and has preserved funding for arts programs. The governor understands that the arts create jobs, stimulate the economy, and return more to the state treasury than is spent. While implementing fiscal discipline and making tough cuts to the state budget, Gov. Quinn has remained committed to ensuring that residents from all walks of life and all corners of the state have meaningful opportunities to experience and participate in the arts.
For FY 2011, Gov. Quinn used his discretionary powers to add $1 million in funding to the Illinois Arts Council and then successfully maintained that level for FY 2012. Gov. Quinn's leadership contributed to the passage of the Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act for Illinois. Through the use of the credit, the state of Illinois has created a tool that allows for further development of the state as a leader in theatrical tourism. Further, he has invested state resources in developing a new soundstage, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, which has made Illinois an even more attractive film destination. Gov. Quinn included arts-related projects in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program. It includes a new performing arts center at Western Illinois University that will create 400 new jobs.
Gov. Quinn regularly attends cultural events across the state and he uses the bully pulpit of his office to celebrate artists and raise awareness about the essential role the arts play in the social, economic, and educational growth of Illinois.