Funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is likely to be called for another vote — either this summer if the Legislature is called back into session, or in the fall veto session — according to State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley.
Attempts to fund the department, which supervises state parks and other recreational facilities, failed to pass the state Senate this spring.
The City of Rockford has indefinitely closed off 369 spaces – about 44% -- of the 843 spots in the downtown Concourse Parking Deck just across South Church Street from the BMO Harris Bank Center.
With limited on-street parking, the facility is the primary parking location for entertainment events at the former MetroCentre and among the preferred choices for activities at Davis Park along the Rock River.
Windsor Lake in Loves Park will open to public recreation later this month under two agreements approved Tuesday by the Rockford Park District board.
Commissioners agreed to provide recreational services at the 12-acre private lake, located off North Alpine Road and Windsor Road in Loves Park, under a lease with Ed Carlson Sr. and family through Dec. 31, 2012.
Concerns over the sort of inmates that would be housed at the Illinois prison have delayed efforts by the federal government to purchase it from the state. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder tried to calm those fears Tuesday.