"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."
[to top of second column]
Senate Bill 1566 passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday by a vote
of 39-11 and now goes to the governor.
Illinois Department of
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]