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State parks to close (updated again 8-31-08)

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Gov. Blagojevich is apparently using closure of some state parks as leverage to push the General Assembly on funding issues.

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Signs like this will be permanent instead of seasonal at 10 state parks and a state forest, as of Nov. 1, according to the IDNR. The 11 site closures would come with a cut of 39 positions.

Here are the 11:
Castle Rock State Park, Oregon
Lowden State Park, Oregon
Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield
Illini State Park, Marseilles
Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon
Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris
Hidden Springs State Forest, Strasburg
Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood
Moraine View State Park, Leroy
Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton
Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor

The original listed posted at www.pantagraph.com was inaccurate.

I think Brent Manning, the former director who headed the old DOC and the IDNR the longest, put it best, ``There is no rhyme or reason [to the sites].''

This is a deadly serious political game being played by Blagojevich, and we all could end up big losers.

I promised more and below are other takes.

Here's my take on possible federal impact in Sunday's outdoors column in the Sun-Times
(click here)

PrairieStateOutdoors.com has a couple good perspectives:
in terms of other layoffs (click here)
What I think is a very accurate assessment by Jeff Lampe of the political nature of the proposal (click here)

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Dave,

Many thanks for tracking down this list and posting it. I searched all over the State of IL and DNR websites yesterday, but they didn't even have a press release up.

I have fond childhood memories of summer camping trips at Lowden, and hiking to the Black Hawk statue. What a shame.

I think is horrible. I manage a small lodge in Oregon IL and this will greatly affect us. Where are the hunters going to go and hunt the deer? What will happen to the deer population in Ogle county? Wow I don't think much thought was given to what he jkust did to Ogle conty and the business's that rely on tourism to make a go of it.

We need to put our thinking caps on with this issue.
There is no way it is going to fly, with so much at stake. Thousands of people frequent these public areas on a weekly basis, and strength in numbers still applies in most political issues.
If we prevented this clown from dismantling the IDNR, we can find a solution to this as well.

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