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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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Why Missouri conservation is superior

March 02, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I hear mention all the time about Missouri’s dedicated sales tax funding for conservation.

There’s a perception out there that all we need in Illinois to solve the problems of our DNR is more money through a similar dedicated fund.

And there’s no doubt a dedicated source of money would help. But there’s more to it than that. There’s a connection to the outdoors in Missouri that seems stronger than here in Illinois. As yet another example, I cite the following story off today’s wire.

Mo. House OKs making wildlife changes harder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment designed to make it harder for citizen efforts to change state wildlife and forestry policies.

Lawmakers voted 131-27 on Tuesday to approve a measure that would require a four-sevenths majority to approve initiatives dealing with hunting, fishing or forestry. Currently, it only takes a simple majority.

Sponsoring House member Mike Dethrow, a Republican from Alton, says conservation is particularly important and should be shielded from easy change. He expressed fears of national groups seeking to curtail hunting and fishing rights by passing ballot measures.

A critic says lawmakers risked setting a precedent in which a majority is no longer sufficient to govern.



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