• In this Aug. 24, 2015 photo, visitors view "the People of the Past" exhibit at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Ill. The 138-year-old museum could be the next casualty in an ugly state budget battle that has dragged on for months. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is targeting the museum and four satellite sites for closure, the latest in a series of cuts the former businessman says are needed to manage Illinois’ finances as he battles with Democrats who run the Legislature. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Illinois’ history museum is latest target in political fight

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The skeleton of a massive mastodon, thousands of Native American artifacts and a giant shark could be the next casualties in an increasingly ugly fight over Illinois’ state budget that has dragged on for months with no sign of ending.