Fighting by Lincoln Library and Museum, foundation angers lawmakers

The Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Illinois State Capitol.

When officials from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and its independent fundraising arm traded accusations and insults last week about their inability to play nice, state lawmakers were not pleased. 

“This is childish bickering back and forth,” Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, told them during an online meeting of the Illinois House Tourism Committee after testimony from leaders of the ALPLM and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

“The success of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is paramount to what I think we need to do in the state of Illinois,” Willis said. “Both sides need to get together and work it out.” 

Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, who sponsored a bill signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker almost two years ago to promote more cooperation between the two groups, said she was dismayed by the continuation of what she termed “mud-slinging” and “a toxic environment.”