More budget cuts loom for DNR
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources faces more bad news in the wake of Gov. Blagojevich’s latest round of proposed budget cuts.
Though nothing is set in stone yet, and there are plenty of fights ahead, Blagojevich’s cuts would likely require major staff reductions. Sources say the DNR cuts would include $9 million in salaries, or 11.5 percent of all DNR salary from funds. The proposed DNR head count for 2009 would be 1,420. That would require a reduction of 163 positions.
Here’s a possible breakdown in those cuts, culled from fact sheets sent out recently by two different sources.
- Office of Realty and Environmental Planning GRF cut in personnel is 960,000 or 51%. Total Personnel cut (taking into account money from other funds) is 40%.
- Business Services GRF Personnel cut is 227,900 or 25%. Total personnel cut is 9%.
- Public Services GRF cut in personnel is 113,100 or 25%. Total Personnel cut is 22%.
- The Office of Resource Conservation GRF cut in personnel is 960,000 or 43%. Total personnel cut is 7%.
- The Office of Law Enforcement GRF cut in Personnel is 781,700 or 12%. Total Personnel cut is 6%.
- The Office of Land Management GRF cut in Personnel is $3.2 million or 22%. Total Personnel cut is 13%.
- The Office of Mines and Minerals GRF cut in Personnel is 633000 or 25%. Total Personnel cut is 10%.
- Office of Water Resources GRF cut in Personnel is 831,700 or 21%. Total Personnel cut is 19%.
- The Illinois State Museum GRF cut in Personnel is 484,700 or 14%.
- Total veto of all operational funding for the Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria ($828,200).
- Veto of two items (Lost Mound and Endangered Species, total $480,000) from the Natural Areas Acquisition Fund. Since it’s not GRF this does nothing to help balance the budget.