"CARBONDALE -- Lack of representation is an embedded sore spot in the American psyche.
Wars, revolutions and movements have been spurred by the desire to have input into a system that is meant to serve all.
When Gov. Rod Blagojevich reorganized the Illinois Arts Council this summer, he not only decreased the board's overall membership, but he also eliminated any representatives in Southern Illinois. While this certainly isn't reason to arm troops or send an armada to launch an attack on the capital, it adds to the Southern Illinois 'stepchild syndrome,' making some in the downstate area feel under-appreciated and hot under the collar.
The Illinois Arts Council sets the state's public arts policy and decides how grant dollars are distributed among programs statewide. Its members are appointed by the governor and serve four-year terms.
The council is funded by state tax dollars and the federal National Endowment for the Arts. In fiscal year 2005 the Illinois Arts Council has an overall budget of $19.6 million, which is $1 million more than was budgeted in fiscal year 2004, according to the state. "
Of the current 21 members who serve on the Illinois Arts Council, 12 members reside in Chicago, three are from the Chicago suburbs and the remaining seven members represent cities in northern and central Illinois.
-- I guess you need to get someone who is a spouse or close relative of a major state power player to live donwstate now don't ya. I suspect the Blagozo doesn't think there is any art down south of I-80.....
There is a reason he doesn't show you any respect, because he doesn't have any respect for you. The Republicans warned you about the Chicago bias of this crew, but did you listen... Noooooo.