IDNR funding package goes to Gov. Quinn
Statement from IDNR director on passage of funding bill
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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department of
Natural Resources Director Marc Miller released the following
statement Wednesday about passage of Senate Bill 1566, a crucial
funding bill for the IDNR:
"This vote is a victory for conservation and the environment in
Illinois; it is also a victory for the economy and communities
across the state that use and rely on the services the IDNR provides
on a daily basis. I commend state Rep. Frank Mautino and state Sen.
Toi Hutchinson for their leadership and hard work leading up to
today's action. I also want to thank the members of Illinois'
General Assembly who supported this bill, which will allow us to
meet the needs of constituents, including those who use our state
parks in the years to come.
"While it's important to remember that
capturing these new funds will take time, we will work as quickly as
we can to put the new revenues toward their intended purpose.
Passage of this bill will help us hire critical staff to maintain
state parks, fix aging infrastructure, speed up regulatory functions
and make a bigger difference in the lives of everyone we serve."
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Senate Bill 1566 passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday by a vote
of 39-11 and now goes to the governor.
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