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Kurt Granberg named DNR director

January 16, 2009 at 06:40 PM

The long-rumored appointment of former Rep. Kurt Granberg (D-Carlyle) as Director of the Department of Natural Resources is finally a reality.

The Associated Press reports Illinois hunting and fishingthat Gov. Blagojevich appointed Granberg to the top DNR job on Friday. Granberg, a 55-year-old Carlyle Democrat, was named to the $133,000-a-year post for a term ending January 2011.

Granberg was born June 16, 1953 in Breese and attended the University of Illinois, where he studied political science and criminal justice. He also attended The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Asked last September about Granberg by Mike Riopell, a Lee Enterprises Springfield bureau reporter, Blagojevich had this to say about Granberg. ‘‘I have the greatest regard for Kurt Granberg,’’ Blagojevich said. ‘‘He would do great at anything he wants to do. So, let’s see where we are and see where this goes. But Kurt’s a good man.’‘

Granberg told Riopell on Friday he had been expecting the appointment for months and plans to increase tourism at the state’s parks and sites with ideas that include a golf trail in Southern Illinois.

“I thought I would be appointed by now, frankly,” Granberg said.

“During his long, distinguished career, he has shown his commitment to our state’s lands, waterways, wildlife and other natural resources,” a statement from Blagojevich’s office said.

Granberg takes over for Sam Flood, who has served as acting DNR director since Joel Brunsvold stepped down from the position in December of 2005. At that time, Flood said he was not interested in serving as anything more than acting director. And he did not expect to hold even that job for very long. Now Flood is expected to remain as assistant director.

Granberg served in the House of Representatives since 1987 and was assistant majority leader under Speaker Michael Madigan. He resigned his seat before the House voted Jan. 9 to impeach Blagojevich.

Granberg had been rumored as the top candidate for the DNR job for more than a year and was rumored to have purchased a house in Springfield.  There are also reports, however, that the DNR job was not Granberg’s top choice. According to Kurt Erickson of the Bloomington Pantagraph, “The 55-year-old Carlyle Democrat had hoped to land a job at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, but got the DNR job instead.”

As far as his outdoors interests, Granberg is said to be a bird hunter.

Granberg’s most publicized previous dealings with natural resources came in 1999-2000 when he was involved in a bid to have a resort built on the east side of Carlyle Lake. One problem stood in the way of that plan: the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake, just a few hundred of which are believed to survive in the state.

Snake experts said Carlyle was home to the largest population of these small, relatively docile rattlers. Granberg tried to get the rattlesnake taken off the state’s endangered species list when it threatened plans for the lodge.

At the time, he was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to wipe out a species, but I think we can balance economic development and the environment,” he said. “The whole premise of the lake when it was built was to control flooding and to promote tourism and economic development, but nothing came to fruition.”

Next up is confirmation by the Illinois Senate, which is usually a formality.

Beyond that, there is the very real possibility that Blagojevich will be removed from office. That might not be good news for Granberg. When Kevin McDermott of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked Granberg if he had talked to Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn about working for him, Granberg laughed and said, “Pat and I don’t get along.”

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Granberg is said to a bird hunter. Blagojevich was said to be honest. So not only is there another flunky failure political hack appointed to the DNR, we also have Sam Floods getting a pension as well. The real kicker is since state pensions are based on final years of service, Granberg’s retirement will now be based on 80% of 133K, instead of what reps usually make at around 65K. So that will cost the taxpayer another $4,500 a month until we are lucky enough to have Granberg and his wife die. One more hog put out to pasture to get fat and lazy at the expense of the IL taxpayer. Governor Rod is the gift that keeps giving. So much for pissing and moaning about Brent manning. If someone has the reset button for Illinois, it needs to be pushed ASAP.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/16 at 09:28 PM

Looks like A-rod is gonna go out with guns a blazin. Same ol politics in Illinois.  What the hell kind of background does this suit have when it come to running the DNR. Hopefully, when douche-Rod gets impeached this guy will be recalled or pulled from this position.  I guess if being a bird hunter puts you in a position where you are the DNR director, I guess since I am a deer hunter I am in a position to be the President.  Another black eye to the residents of Illinois or as I put earlier “thats what you get when the clowns are running the circus”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/16 at 10:19 PM

THEY MUST NOT HAVE HIM ON TAPE. LOOK AT THE TIME LINE OF HIS PURCHASE OF A HOUSE IN SPRINGFIELD AND HIS OWN ADMISSION HE HAD BEEN EXPECTING THE APPOINTMENT FOR SOME TIME. DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSION.

A GOLDEN PARACHUTE FOR A “BLAGO” SUPPORTER?

HE’S GOING TO CONCENTRATE ON A “GOLF TRAIL” FOR SOUTHERN IL. WHAT AN INSULT!

THE BEST THING I HEARD IS “PAT AND I DON’T GET ALONG.”

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

GET ON THE HORN TO YOUR SENATORS. SEND AN E-MAIL TO THEM AND MAKE A PHONE CALL. THE SENATE MUST CONFIRM THIS APPOINTMENT WHICH WILL BE SHORT TERMED, IF COMPLETED, AT A HUGE COST TO THE STATE. WE’RE BETTER OFF RIGHT NOW WITH “DO NOTHING FLOOD” THAN THIS “BLAGO” SUPPORTER. THEY NEED TO ACT ON THIS AS I THINK THERE IS A TIME LINE AT WHICH POINT IT WOULD BE AUTOMATIC WITHOUT SENATE ACTION. I MAY BE WRONG ON THAT. HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH TIME TO RESEARCH THE ISSUE.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 07:51 AM

If he is a bird hunter, that would be easy to verify. On a more practical level, how long will it take to get the parks reopened that Blogo closed?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 07:52 AM

This is almost like appointing me head of brain surgery at Memorial Hosp. I like to read.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 08:30 AM

He probably slept in a Holiday Inn last night LMAO! What a JOKE!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 08:57 AM

Getting Blago removed from office can’t happen fast enough.  I would hope the senate won’t let this stand.  I wouldn’t bet on it, though.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 10:20 AM

Wow.  The Nuclear option has been exercised.  Boy I hope I’m wrong, but this has potential to make the terrible situation at IDNR even worse.  My guess, he’ll be a hatchet man.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 11:48 AM

Kurt Granberg is a excellent choice for this position.  He is highly educated and worked in public service for the people of Illinos for nearly his entire career.  The people of Illinois have been helped over and again by Mr Granberg and the govenor.  I do not believe the govenor is guilty of anything.  I believe he was set up by jealous and envious people who are intent on bringing him down.  That is between them and God.  I trust both of these men to continue in the excellence as public officials and think the people of Illinois need to learn some respect and appreciation for those who have given their lives, time, and money to help them.  Use your brains people and stop following propaganda pumped into your heads by the media.  Just because someone claims you did something, does that make it fact?  How stupid are the people of Illinois for following along with this nonsense?  No one makes my decisions or convinces me of anything, I am a individual and if you people are as well then start thinking and acting as that.  Don’t just listen these rumors and accept them, consider what might be the motive behind them.  I doubt either of these men have done anything to you personally to make you hate them, it is just “group think” the public follows along with anyone who chooses to point the finger at someone.  You will note this accusation of the govenor was quite effective in taking the medias eyes off of the financial crisis and the fraud of those in the financial industry…mmm..kind of strange.  Use your brains people.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 12:27 PM

Who care if this guy is a saint, a Pope or what not. He is not at all qualified to lead the IDNR !!

He has no experince in this area. He is a life long politician & that what his degree is in. He is just looking for a higher paying job & to pad his pension

He was one of the only Blago supports,in the last month & the reasons for that are obveuse. Now he is being rewarded for sticking by Blogo’s side. Plain & Simple…...

Let’s call, write or e-mail our senator’s & have them stop this ridiculous appointment, by a mad man on his way out who is only looking to screw everyone he can.

He knows full well that our new Gov. ( Pat Quinn ) will not stand for his. Blago is just causing as much havoc & chaos as he can. He sure doesn’t care that it will cost the state thousands & thousands of dollars every year. In fact that is what he is trying to do to the people of this state.

Let’s put a stop to this mad man !!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 01:25 PM

JoAnna, give me a break.  Who has brain washed you?
Our governor has broke the law several times during his tenure.  Your comments make me sick.  You are probably one of the only individuals in this state that truely beleives this nonsense propaganda war our loser of a governor has waged againts the media.  I really don’t care what Granberg has done for the people of Illinois in the past this issue is about a crook appointing a politician to lead our natural resources of Illinois.  A concept you obviously know nothing about.  We have watched politicians turn our once great natural resources into a circus run by a bunch of clowns. State parks closures, extreme budget cuts, critical jobs lost and for what?  Just how much were you paid to come on this site and defend these individuals? Stupid people of Illinois you call us.  First thing you need to do is look in the mirror.  Education has nothing to do with running the IDNR.  Just because I am a neurosurgeon doesn’t make me a canidate to head the DNR. Alot of us have served and continue to serve the public of Illinois every single day.  Once again, doesn’t make us eligible to run the DNR or for that matter, the state.  Your gonna have a rude awakening in the next few weeks when you see and hear the case unfold on your friend the Governor.  In the mean time, find yourself another web site to defend these men.  We the LOGICAL people of Illinois don’t want to read your crap.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 01:43 PM

joanna… let me guess… your a registered democrat smile

And just a thought… if your going to appoint someone to be a director of something… Say DNR he would know something about Natural resources?  I mean it makes since.  How do you just apply to get a big time job being in charge of something?  Do you have to be one of the biggest most unethical piles of crap in the state or what?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 01:47 PM

Question:  Why would anyone accept a position that he must know will only last about 30 days?  Blagojevich will be gone within about a month, Pat Quinn will become our next Governor, and Kurt’s already stated that he and Pat “don’t get along.”

Joanna, under other circumstances, we could admire your blinding loyalty to your friends Grandberg and Blagojevich, however, given the facts surrounding the two’s dealings in this situation, the fact that Blago almost single-handedly is responsible for dismantling the IDNR, which once was a great State agency, and after reading through the 70 pages of the indictment against Blago, I think your backing the wrong horse.

BigD

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 08:47 PM

Joanna, what have you been smokin gal??? Blago has done more wrong than he ever even thought about doing right. What kills me is how he is appointing people to spot in office while all these allegations are against him. Just goes to show he knows how guilty he is and wants to get a couple buddies he owes something to a job before he gets the ax. This appointment is absolutely boguss. This guy says he’s a bird hunter. Thats all he said, didn’t mention fishing, camping, biking, hiking are wonderful state parks that are left open, or any other part of our natural resource system. Give me a break coming on here defending either one of these guys is so stupid I can’t believe it. Where did you find this site? You sure haven’t been on here before. Oh well have a nice day Joanna!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 08:51 PM

This line right here says it all,

“He resigned his seat before the House voted Jan. 9 to impeach Blagojevich.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 09:05 PM

JoAnna wrote;

“Use your brains people and stop following propaganda pumped into your heads by the media.”

Noboby here is following any propoganda, but rather has experienced first hand the total degradation of our once proud DNR, and witnessed the inexplicable disdain which our Governor holds for this department.
We are outdoors men and women. You obviously are not, and know not of which you speak.
You sound like someone that is next in line for sweet-heart appointment.
Shame on you for insulting all Illinois residents.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 10:12 PM

Joanna or is it joke anna 117 -1 to impeach the RAT the lone vote coming from his sister in law you need a life respect is earned not bought HA HA Blago will go down as the biggest crook the state has ever had and as far as god is concerned the man will never make it to the gates he is heading straight for hell and as far as Granberg I have never heard of this loyal state servant surprised hes not from Chicago maybe he moved south to run the money laundering for the head rat. I hope Quinn whacks him the first week he is in office

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/17 at 10:15 PM

Joanna, let me guess that you also believed that O.J. didnt kill his ex-wife and the Goldman kid???  You believed that crap about “if the glove don’t fit - you can’t convict”.  You are obviously the one who is misinformed and looking at “propaganda”.  Do you hang out with a guy named “BILL” who claimed to be the worlds best hunter?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/18 at 04:46 PM

Indeed, as for, “Use your brains people and stop following propaganda pumped into your heads by the media.  Just because someone claims you did something, does that make it fact?  BY THE MEDIA??  It’s the United States Attorney’s office that is making accusations, not the media.  Did you forget that Blago has been arrested and formally charged?  If your right, Blago will get his day in court to vindicate himself.  And ultimately, I guess I really don’t know—I wasn’t in the room when Blago tried to sell the senate seat.  But what I’m basing my beliefs on is a methodical investigation by a group of professional prosecutors.
I consider myself a democrat, and I’m embarrassed by this whole thing.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/18 at 10:18 PM

On our radio this morning Rod was coming down south here to pick up political contributions before a new ” political ethics law” came into effect.  Every person listed as giving a contribution had just had someone appointed to something.  Ya think this new DNR joker gave alittle?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 07:40 AM

Those aren’t political contributions, now its called his “Defense Fund”, I hear once he get sent to prison, he gonna run for his life. He already owes some lawyer $750,000 and this was before he was arrested.  I am sure the new DNR puppet gave him something in return for his new job, thats the only way our Governor knows how to work. Lets hope this clown won’t be in the seat long enough to warm it up.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 08:10 AM

How about putting the money into the parks instead of building a golf trail that will fade out.  There is already a beautiful golf course in Shelbyville called Eagle Creek and if I am right that resort has went under so how about upgrading these state owned parks.  He is from carlyle right does’nt take a brain surgeon to figure out why he wants a golf trail down south!!!!  Governors Run golf course is in carlyle and is a awesome layout I am sure they do not want any new courses being built.  Lets just fix the problem that BLOWBOB has created.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 09:28 AM

Don’t get you hopes up that Granburg won’t be sworn in. Don’t forget about out new junior senator who refers to himself in the third person. I guess he watched to many Rock interviews.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 10:16 AM

Greg,
There is a BIG difference between the senate & DNR appointment.  Burris is there for the next 2 years but the IDNR director can be removed by the governor-at any time.  Thus, as soon as blago is gone, the new governor, AKA Pat Quinn, can fire any of the directors.  I suspect that Granberg will have a very short tenure.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 10:51 AM

Biz as usual here in IL..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 02:39 PM

Andy, where do you come up with this stuff?  Makes me laugh every time.  The people in here are looking at me like I’m some kind of cretin.  Well, here’s hopin’ that Pat Quinn gets rid of this guy.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 03:02 PM

For those that don’t know it the appointment is not cast in stone, yet. THE ILLINOISE SENATE MUST APPROVE THIS NOMINATION.
DO SOMETHING. E-MAIL your Senator and let then know how you feel. At the same time E-mail LT. GOVERNOR PAT QUINN. Right now he will have some influence over the Senators and an oppurtunity to turn down a BLAGO appoointment. This appoinment is totally controled right here in Illinois and can be beat.

If you don’t know how to reach the Senators or the Lt. Governor just do a GOOGLE search. It’s easy and you don’t even have to get out of your chair.

While you are doing that write down their office phone numbers and give them a call. Let’s let them know what we think!

Just think about this. How many politicians in Illinois want their name under BLAGO’S approving anything he proposes at this point?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 03:03 PM

You can also find senators and legislators here:

http://www.ilga.gov/

We provide this handy link on the front of the PSO main page.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 01/19 at 06:26 PM

I think we should also push our state reps to put some minimum job requirments on executive appointments. Example: Biology/agronomy degree (for anything that involves any living animal). This guy took some really easy classes in college that most of us were probably sleeping through and still passed, What does sociology and criminal science have to do with wildlife and open spaces. Any plain-jane beat cop can inforce the law (if they are honest). It is nearly impossible for anyone to get a job in any DNR/US fish and wildlife organization without a masters degree, and these jobs for the most part are less th

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/19 at 08:17 PM

Everyone…please contact your Illinois Senator and voice your concerns with Granberg.

You can find your senator by doing a search online for your Legislative District.

People say my voice doesn’t count but if we all band together and spread the word then trust me our legislators will listen

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 12:42 AM

Folks

Though interesting and even entertaining, a fair number of comments are being pulled from this thread. Let’s stay civil to fellow posters who have different views. And let’s even try to stay civil toward our governor, no matter how hard that may be.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 01/20 at 07:11 AM

it is important to contact your senator and register your opposition to this appointment and also call Senate President John Cullerton to register your opposition. I read this morning that Cullerton has not heard any negatives about Granberg’s appointment and expects a smooth hearing. if you don’t think he is the right man for the job, I don’t, then contact them today. small comfort is the impeachment trial will be all consuming for the Senate, so the confirmation hearing won’t happen too soon. though the Governor is playing games (imagine that) with his attorneys resigning, trying to get a mistrial. so far it appears Cullerton isn’t falling for it, but you never know. register your opposition sooner rather than later.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 08:51 AM

Instead of being a political hack why doesn’t our new Director open up the DNR books to the Feds so we don’t miss out on losing that $16 million from U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 09:04 AM

“The people of Illinois have been helped over and again by Mr Granberg and the govenor.”

I do not know Granberg from adam, but these people all appear to be serving themselves with money from the people of Illinois.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 12:06 PM

I spoke with State senator John O. Jones of Mt Vernon today. He informed me he will be working against the Granberg appointment in the senate. The pension issue and the lack of experience/background in the department were his major concerns. The thing that really irked me was if he gets in for 30 days, he gets the pension bump, irregardless of how long Quinn keeps him. Granberg was looking out for himself only, when he resigned just days before the House impeachment vote, he was not representing the interests of his district or the citizens of Illinois. CALL YOUR SENATOR.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 06:29 PM

My e-mail is already in Cullerton’s computer and I suggest everyone who cares send him your thoughts. GOOD IDEA TIFF. The address for Cullerton is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 06:49 PM

He bird hunts once a year at the Rend Lake Celebrity Quail Hunt. Lots of elbow rubbing with campaign donors and other political hacks, and the opportunity to say he’s a bird hunter. Pay the $$$ and all you have to do is show up with a pair of boots on. The guns, the dogs, the guides, the blaze orange are all provided.

This appointment and the stench it has created, reminds me of a line from the 1976 movie “Network”. Its time to go to the window and stick your head out and scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 06:58 PM

I am nor more a fan of the gov than the rest of you, but we need to give this guy (Granberg)a chance.  I have been on this site for a while, and I cannot remember anybody yelling about how Brunsvold was utilizing a state helicopter, while he was Director, to shuttle back and forth to home, but I guess that is OK, as long as you are an avid hunter and sportsman.  There is more to DNR than just being an avid outdoorsman.  Now I know that Granberg is touting this golf course thing, but I would hope that once he gets in there, he will see that there is more to DNR than golf courses.  There is the tourism with our state parks, Mine Examiners, Oil Well Inspectors, Law Enforcement, and of course hunting and fishing, just to name a few.  Also, with his criminal justice degree hopefully he has the knowledge to beef up the CPO’s, since they are really the only line of defense for most wildlife laws.  However , all of the above comes with a price tag.  If you put a person in there with a Masters in Biology, and Doctorate in agronomy, but no knowledge of the Legislative process, then you are left with nothing more than a smart Director that does not know how the Legislative appropriation process works.  The Federal funds will only go so far (as long as the gov is not using them for other things).  He has not been confirmed yet, obviously with the upcoming Impeachment hearings, it might take a while.  I am hoping that he will look over the entire Agency and see what needs to be done.  Also, look at the confirmation votes of those legislators that you call.  You might be surprised.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 10:36 PM

Give em a chance.  Hell no arrow slinger, you been talking to Jo Anna.  We don’t want another suit in their looking pretty.  We want someone who can do the job and he is not our guy.  Golf course, let em join a country club.  Our country club is the woods and waters of Illinois.  Its our rest and relaxation and we don’t need another politician screwing our natural resources up. Its bad enough people don’t have a plce to hunt and he wants a golf course. His criminal knowledge to help beef up the CPO’s. They don’t need that,  What they need is money to fill up their gas tanks and some new blood. Give this guy a chance, ya right.  Just like Blagojevich gave us a chance.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 11:16 PM

I have been fortunate to work with Forestry, wildlife, and other state agencies for the last 9 years to transition our farm back to its natural setting.  I have worked with some very educated hard working people that have been taking it in the back for lots of years under B-rule.  I believe I have meet with 19 people that work under B.  I have not heard one say that they would support what he stands for.  He is not viewed as caring for our natural resources.  He speaks out both sides of his mouth.  It has really caught up with him.  This new director shows this.  In speaking with conservation officers and biologists this week- They are gagging.  The phrase that keeps getting back to me is political appointee.  A buddy needs a job.  This is not a good move to help our state.  He does not even want this job.  LETS Clean Up Now.  Take a stand.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 09:34 AM

A LITTLE MORE FUEL FOR THE FIRE!

GRANBERG’S Statement he doens’t get along with Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn.

On 2-17-05 Granberg filed HJRCA0012, a bill to ABOLISH THE LT. GOVERNOR’S POSITION IN THE IL. CONSTITUTION.
This was tabled pursuant to rule 46 on 5-6-06

I went through the bills and resolutions that GRANBERG either co’ed or sponsored. RESOLUTIONS, he must be the KING, thanking or congratulating from A TO Z.

A couple of noteworthy resolutions; 5-16-05 CONGRATULATIONS TO SHORTY’S TAVERN ON IT’S 70TH YEAR IN BUSINESS. That is actually a House of Representatives Resolution.

Remember, these things take the time of our legislatures in Springfield. I stopped couunting at 45 of these that are attributed directly to GRANBERG. A POLITICIANS POLITICIAN!!!! They are listed under his name on the IL GOV website.

SB 490 which GRANBERG supported in the HOUSE. This bill regulated the use of ELECTRIC SCOOTERS in State Parks. That had to be a huge far ranging issue.

SB 2271 INCREASED the number of TURKEY PERMITS that could be issued to shareholders of companies that owned over 40 acres of land in Illinois and increased it in increments of 40 acres.

HERE IS THE BACKGROUND ON THE GOLF TRAIL DEAL.

HR 1230 SPONSOIED BY GRANBERG. This required the DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPURTUNITY to cunduct a feasibility study to implement a downstate GOLF TRAIL. GRANBERG CO’D SPONSORSHIP with Rep. Jack McGuire. It was adopted under resolution #112 000 000 on 5-3-06. The findings are unknown to me.

So it does not appear that I am biased to only presenting the negative he also , in the House supported SB123 which required the IDNR TO ASSIGN EVERY LICENSE HOLDER A UNIQUE NUMBER. This removed the individuals SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER from the front of fishing, hunting and combinations liceses.

This one I’m not sure of as I cannot find it today. It was there last week and I forwarded the info. to T WALMSLEY. It was listed under his bills as sponsored or co-sponsored.

ATTENTION DEER HUNTERS: I BELIEVE HE SUPPORTED A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE INCREASED THE GUN DEER SEASON LIMITS FROM 14 TO 21 DAYS AND WOULD HAVE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF DEER PER INDIVIUAL. That is a double edged sword. Used the right way those days could help in some areas but if used for the benefit of OUTFITTERS - WELL, YOU KNOW WHERE THAT GOES.

EVERYONE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. IF YOU HAVEN’T JOINED THE MOVEMENT TO STOP THIS APPOINTMENT PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO SO.

I HAVE NOT FOUND ONE PERSON WITHIN THE IDNR THAT SUPPORTS THIS. THEY CANNOT COME OUT PUBLICLY SO IT’S UP TO US!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 10:43 AM

Arrowslinger.

Brunsvold was a political hack. Flood was a political hack. And Granberg is no different. They were all former IL house reps who in all likely hood somehow paid for their appointment. The DNR needs to be run by a biologist, not a lobbyist. By your reasoning we should have a politician deciding how medical decisions should be in the state, since they know the legislative process. The way this kangaroo state is run, they probably are.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 12:02 PM

in response to no negatives when Brunsvold abused his authority—well, I see the comments now as a positive because people are FINALLY seeing the reality of a corrupt governor and how it is impacting what we care about. many just shrugged their shoulders and said “they all do it” when they read about Joel’s escapades. now, folks realize how bad it actually is and they are ready to speak up. as eyeswideopen said—we aren’t going to take it any more.

there is no chance Mr. Quinn, once he becomes governor, will keep Granberg. I feel confident in that, but we shouldn’t wait for that to happen. register your opposition NOW.  thanks for the email, Brad, my email also is in Mr. Cullerton’s inbox.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 12:12 PM

This does not sound like the best appointment for the position (Also, these comments are starting to look pretty bad).

It would be nice to have a director who has a true vested interest in DNR.  Such as an avid angler, hunter, boater, bird watcher etc.  I like golf too, but does that REALLY count as a natural resouce?

Judging from this article, the man does not seem too enthusiastic about managing such a great department. 

I hope for the best for DNR.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 01:31 PM

I DONT WANT TO HAMMER ON BIOLOGIST, BUT THEY MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT ONE TO HEAD DNR. THERE IS ALOT MORE TO RUNNING DNR THEN KNOWING DEER,TURKEY,COONS,TREES,PLANTS,OR FISH. WE NEED SOMEONE THAT KNOWS HOW IT ALL WORKS.EVERYTHING ABOUT DNR,WILDLIFE,PARKS,EVERYTHING.SOMEONE LIKE JERRY BEVERLIN. IF ANYONE KNOWS JERRY, I THINK THEY WOULD AGREE.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 04:35 PM

He says he is a bird hunter.So what does he hunt,Birdies and Eagles on the golf course? We need another golf course like we need another hole in the head. There goes some more hunting and or fishing ground.They could be looking at all the parks that they shut down, and turn them into golf courses.Chew on that thought for more than a minute.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 05:08 PM

E-mailed Mr. Cullerton to voice my opposition.

I did not realize that Brunsvold was such a hack too.
-Must have been my “hiatus days”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 09:09 PM

Here are address for Patti Bellock & Kirl Dillard .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) If you life in Du Page

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/24 at 11:42 AM

I have never been happy with the ILDNR or any sub agency such as the forest preserves….its not based upon the general public….Wisconsin’s “communal” property is managed far better….this new guy sounds exactly like old politics…he expected to get the appointment because he has “payed to play”....this is as been stated the most corrupt state…its time to vote them all out of them all….Durbin,Madigan, and any one else that thinks its their state and not the peoples

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