May 30, 2012
Support Stable Funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois needs a strong, stable Department of Natural Resources to manage our state parks, and to protect water, land and wildlife in Illinois. Budget cuts and sweeps in the past have left the Department in a precarious financial position without the resources it needs to carry out its mission.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Sustainable Revenue Bill (SB 1566) contains a series of user, consulting and service fees to fund the Department.
We anticipate broad support for the bill in a House vote today or tomorrow.
The Bill will then be considered by the Senate, where its success is less certain.
PLEASE call your State Senator’s Springfield office as soon as possible and ask them to support SB 1566. Remind him or her that this bill provides a sustainable revenue source for the Department, including No Sweeps language and a letter of commitment from the Governor that these funds will be used for their intended purpose.
The legislative session will end on Thursday, so please act today!