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DNR faces loss of general funds

February 20, 2008 at 02:15 PM
Click here for a slick presentation of Gov. Blagojevich's budget proposal for 2009.

If Gov. Blagojevich’s 2009 budget proposals come to fruition, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will have to rely more heavily on money from special funds, including those based on licenses and fees paid by hunters and anglers.

The DNR’s proposed 2009 budget of $223.3 million is an increase over last year of about $10 million but includes about $26.6 million less in general state tax revenue.

To make up the difference, lawmakers will be asked to appropriate more from special funds, including the Wildlife and Fish Fund where money from hunting and fishing licenses is deposited. The budget recommends spending $14.2 million from that fund, a $3.2 million increase from the current fiscal year.

The budget proposes transferring the Illinois Natural History Survey, Geologic Survey, Water Survey and Waste Management and Resource Center to the University of Illinois and creating an Institute for Natural Sciences and Sustainability.

DNR spokesman Chris McCloud says the reduction in general funds reflects money transferred to the University of Illinois that paid to staff and operate the surveys. The budget proposal also shows a reduction of staff of about 200 that McCloud says also reflects employees moving to the jurisdiction of the University of Illinois.

DNR will not rely on money raised by charging entrance fees to parks, a possibility that had been rumored prior to the proposed budget’s release.

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The state is welcome to spend all my damn tax money on the DNR rather than some low life who wants to watch Oprah all day.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/20 at 03:30 PM

A"FREAKIN"MEN BROTHER!!!!! You hit the nail on the head with that one.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/17 at 08:42 PM

Get the dam welfare moochers up off their azzez and make them go back to work. Heck the state could generate ALOT of money from the free loaders and you know what i mean. Pay for a T-bone steak with food stamps and then go get in their brand new Escalde.
Here i am bustin my azz to feed my family hamburger and their using my tax money for steak. Makes me sick.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/17 at 08:46 PM

he state Department of Natural Resources is facing more charges of racial discrimination, six months after reaching an out-of-court settlement with a Law Enforcement Division lieutenant who, a state investigator concluded, suffered on-the-job racial and sexual bias.

In a suit filed Oct. 10 in Federal District Court in Detroit, Sgt. Arthur Green III, another black supervisor in the division claims he was a victim of “numerous forms of race discrimination.”

In the two years since state civil rights investigator Cheryl Strayhorn identified an “oppressive culture” of intolerance, bullying and fear in the division, it now has fewer black employees (seven) than it did in May 2007 (10). However, the division has shrunk by 10 people (263 then; 253 now).

Posted by karel zeman on 11/05 at 09:16 AM

I would rather my money be spent on this then welfare

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