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DNR will close 11 parks on Nov. 1

August 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

BY JEFF LAMPE

 

As part of a cost-saving measure, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced it will close 11 parks as of Nov. 1 and will lay off 39 workers.

 

“The sites will close their doors on Nov. 1,” said Chris McCloud, a DNR spokesman. “We knew this was a possibility at DNR. The budget the governor got was $2.1 billion underfunded.

 

“This is a tough day. I think it’s important to understand these are not decisions we wanted to make.”

 

Parks that have been slated for closing include the following:

 

* Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

 

* Illini State Park near Marseilles

 

* Wolf Creek State Park

 

* Castle Rock State Park, Oregon

 

* Lowden State Park, Oregon

 

* Hidden Springs State Forest, Strasburg

 

* Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon

 

* Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris

* Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood

 

* Moraine View State Park, Leroy

 

* Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton

 

“We still have over 300 state parks and conservation areas we hope people will still enjoy,” McCloud said. “And those sites remain open free of charge.”

 

The 39 workers to be laid off include: 25 site technician II, 4 rangers, 3, site assistant superintendents, 1 office associate (part-time), 3 office coordinators (2 part-time, 1 full-time), 1 site security officer (IFPE union), 1 natural resource coordinator and 1 natural resource specialist.

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Don't be discouraged and think we have to stand by and take it. I for one am going to write the Governor's office and my state represenative and senetor. If we all take a stand and do something things can change for the better. However, if we do nothing then we all get what is coming. I challenge all members to do something.

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Don't be discouraged and think we have to stand by and take it. I for one am going to write the Governor's office and my state represenative and senetor. If we all take a stand and do something things can change for the better. However, if we do nothing then we all get what is coming. I challenge all members to do something.

 

My state reps of been contacted and I tried the governors office, but no one is answering the phone yet. I'd like to think this is a bluff, but I don't think it is. Many of the parks being closed represent some of the best places to experience the outdoors within three hours of Chicago. Kickapoo is one of my personal favorites. Talk about a degradation in quality of lifestyle for us city dwellers. :angry: :angry:

 

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Paul Frierichs, the IL State Rep for the Kickapoo Park was on the radio this morning and he said he was utterly disgusted by this proposal. His take was that Blago did it specifically to punish political enemies and raise anger in the state and he also felt these closures had no chance of moving ahead as conceived.

 

Some of those parks are the best parks on the list for East Central Illinois and it is completely absurd that they are being closed.

 

Frankly, I think Blago should get his wish...

 

...I think we should get mad enough to make sure the Blago reptile gets impeached.

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I say we all contact the gov's office and pray a lot....we love kickapoo and go there quite often. we just had a wonderful outing there with our church last weekend and have already planned our trip for next year... I guess we have to look at the 300 other parks........

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