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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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DNR staffers rescue flooded deer

June 27, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Over the past few years, I’ve been informed now and then by folks that I am, “anti-DNR.”

That’s not true and never will be. Yes, I am anti-Blagojevich. Yes, I think the leadership in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is poor at present. Yes, the communications department in the DNR is not what it once was. And yes, the DNR has been cut to a point where it can’t function like it should. To me that’s factual, not the product of some deep-seated animosity toward the DNR.

But I’ve never been anti-DNR. How could I be when there are field staffers who still work hard at their jobs despite all the silliness in Springfield? How could I be when there are folks willing to make the extra effort like these conservation police officers did recently to rescue deeer at the Sny Levee in Adams County south of Quincy. Thanks to Gary Carter Jr. for sharing the pictures that tell a good tale of what the DNR can do when staffers are allowed to work (and not shackled by stupid gas allowances).

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