Broadcast Museum in Jeopardy

May 3, 2006

Money problems will likely halt construction of Chicago's new Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Museum president Bruce DuMont says Governor Rod Blagojevich hasn't delivered on $3 million in promised funding.

"The Blagojevich Administration has made a pledge to the Museum of Broadcast Communications to fund the museum, and to help build a world-class broadcast museum in Chicago. If someone does not keep their word, that's a problem and it should be a problem for everybody," DuMont says.

He says the state changed the rules of the grant at the last minute leaving him unable to pay the construction company.

A spokesperson for the governor's budget office disputes DuMont's account.

She says the state supports the project but cannot release the money until the museum's private financing is in order.