IDNR, State Parks in jeopardy

By Mark Bullion

May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- After a decade of budget cuts, the fate of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources could be in jeopardy.

A press conference held Monday morning at Jubilee College State Park near Kickapoo called for the Illinois Legislature to take action to increase funding to the IDNR.

Park advocates say unless a deal is reached this spring, IDNR's ability to maintain Jubilee College State Park will be severely limited.

"If we lose any more staff, if we lose any more funding, it's going to be very very difficult to keep these parks open and provide the kind of service we've provided in year's past," said Jubilee College State Park Site Superintendent Thomas Hintz.

The legislature has introduced the idea of a park fee but park officials said even if a fee were in place, improvements to the park would not be seen for quite some time since the IDNR already has $750 million worth of deferred maintenance projects in state parks.