Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Damaged by Flood Waters
7:19 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Argyle Lake Rehab Project Finished

Monday's ribbon cutting at Argyle Lake State Park
Credit Rich Egger

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.

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Senate Gives Thumbs Down
11:12 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Illinois State Parks Funding Plan Fails

Argyle Lake State Park is among the facilities that would have benefited from the funding plan
Rich Egger

A plan to raise funding for the agency that oversees state parks and conservation of wildlife  failed to win approval in the Illinois Senate during the waning hours of the 2012 session.

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.

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Illinois Legislative Proposal
1:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Drive a Car, Pay DNR

Argyle Lake is a state park that would benefit from the proposed fee
Rich Egger

Vehicle registration in Illinois would go up a couple of bucks under a measure accepted by a House panel.
 
It's one of various fee hikes intended to help the Department of Natural Resources.

Director Marc Miller says DNR has seen its budget reduced by more than half since 2002 and he expects more cuts ahead. 

"We're looking at finding ways to replace money that isn't currently there. So what we see is that we have roughly a $22 million short-fall that we need to make up somehow," Miller said.

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Plan Receives House Approval
2:20 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Illinois Might Charge State Park Entry Fee

Storm damage at Argyle Lake State Park in McDonough County

The Illinois House approved a measure that would allow the Department of Natural Resources to charge an annual fee for admission to state parks.

Representative JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch) said the legislation does not spell out how much should be charged, but she expected the annual fee will be about $25.

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