Argyle Lake State Park en In The Tri States <p></p><p>A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from October 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>Monmouth was the only municipality to receive a grant from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, the public raised more questions about Iowa Fertilizer Company’s proposed plant in Lee County, and a state panel voted to proceed with the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center.</p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 16:09:58 +0000 Rich Egger 23917 at In The Tri States Argyle Lake Rehab Project Finished <p>A project five years in the making is finally finished in western Illinois. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the road around Argyle Lake State Park near Colchester.</p><p>Portions of the road were washed out by a flash flood in late June 2007, which forced the state to close half the park.</p><p>Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller participated in the ceremony and he drove the road earlier in the day.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:19:39 +0000 Rich Egger 23658 at Argyle Lake Rehab Project Finished Illinois State Parks Funding Plan Fails <p>A plan to raise funding for the agency that oversees state parks and conservation of wildlife&nbsp; failed to win approval in the Illinois Senate during the waning hours of the 2012 session.</p><p>That agency -- the Department of Natural Resources -- has seen its budget cut in recent years. The DNR said state parks are deteriorating due to the funding decrease and its need for more employees.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:12:09 +0000 Rich Egger 16046 at Illinois State Parks Funding Plan Fails Drive a Car, Pay DNR <p>Vehicle registration in Illinois would go up a couple of bucks under a measure accepted by a House panel.<br />&nbsp;<br />It&#39;s one of various fee hikes intended to help the Department of Natural Resources.<br /><br />Director Marc Miller says DNR has seen its budget reduced by more than half since 2002 and he expects more cuts ahead.&nbsp;<br /><br />&quot;We&#39;re looking at finding ways to replace money that isn&#39;t currently there. So what we see is that we have roughly a $22 million short-fall that we need to make up somehow,&quot; Miller said.<br /> Thu, 24 May 2012 18:05:16 +0000 Rich Egger 15654 at Drive a Car, Pay DNR