Illinois State Parks

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Illinois residents are being asked to vote on a constitutional amendment.  It would limit the use of money from license plate renewals, gas taxes, and other such fees specifically to transportation projects.  

The measure has bipartisan support, but could it threaten funding for state parks?  

IDNR website

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.