Illinois advocates for the arts say Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan for more budget cuts is bad policy.
Since 2007, the budget for the Illinois Arts Council was already cut in half. Under Rauner, it would drop to $8 million.
Ra Joy heads an organization that represents hundreds of artists and cultural groups in the state. He says another cut would hurt education and tourism:
"If we're really going to be serious about making Illinois more competitive and more compassionate, we need to be serious about investment in the arts and our broader creative sector," Joy said.