The DNR Sustainability Bill--Senate Bill 1566--passed today; now the work begins to make it more than a band-aid; but, all in all, this is a great day.
Here's the word for the IDNR:
Statement from IDNR Director Marc Miller on Passage of DNR Sustainability Funding Bill
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller made the following statement about today's 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 Representative Frank Mautino and State Senator 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," said IDNR Director Marc Miller.
"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," added Miller.
Senate Bill 1566 passed the Illinois Senate today by a vote of 39-11 and now goes to the Governor.
Much more to come, both immediately and in the coming year.