The company which operates the Industry Coal mine recently was found to have committed over six hundred water pollution violations. Springfield Coal also wanted to renew the mining permit for it’s mine near Industry.
The same day a press conference was to be held protesting the renewal of it’s mining permit, the company withdrew the application.
It will probably cost Illinois residents an extra two-dollars to renew their license plates next year.
The money will help fund the Department of Natural Resources, which has seen its budget cut in half during the past decade. The DNR said that has left it with roads, sewage treatment plants, and roofs that "absolutely" need maintenance work.
The license plate sticker will also serve as a pass for Illinois residents to all of the state parks and recreation areas in Illinois.
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.
Portions of the road were washed out by a flash flood in late June 2007, which forced the state to close half the park.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller participated in the ceremony and he drove the road earlier in the day.