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More budget cuts loom for DNR

July 10, 2008 at 09:57 AM

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.


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Blagoblow cutting the DNR some more, boy what a surprize.  This guy won’t me happy till he runs the DNR into the ground. I think this guy will go down as one of the most hated governor in the world.  Im sure he won’t have to live without his air conditioner in the Governor’s mansion for long or maybe he will just use that for a excuse to fly home.  Boo hoo my air conditioner is broke and I am too hot, Im gonna fly back to Chicago.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/10 at 06:59 PM

It’s a great testimony as to how bad he is failing as Governor, that the whole state of Illinois is broke! No money for repairing old infrastructures, schools, or even state salaries.

Blagoblow and his “circle of influence” has raped this state in every sense of the word. Think it can’t get any worse?... what till you see how he is going to raise our taxes!

I’m very sorry for those hard working people at the IDNR. You all deserve better then this!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/11 at 09:59 AM

At least he found the courage and wisdom to give himself, lt. gov and all the legislators a raise this year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/11 at 10:15 AM

Gave himself, and his cronies a raise.
That is criminal.
The common man struggles, while this shameless crook prospers. -On OUR dime.
For the people, and of the people MY AZZ!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/11 at 03:11 PM

True, oh so true.  While we struggle to fill our gas tanks these dirt bags get a raise, and for what I may ask?  Lets face it, this state is on a crash course for bankrupcy and our so called elected officials only care for themselves.  I am beginning to ask myself why I vote anymore.  I think 98% of all our politicians are shameless crooks who only care about what butt they can kiss to get more political power.  The founding fathers of this country would be ashamed to see what kind of person has filled their shoes.  I sure am.  All you Politicians can kiss my *&^.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/11 at 10:11 PM

the ironic thing is that TONS of government programs DO need to be cut.  the PEOPLES money needs to be given back to the people, and not to a big government.  It is too bad that some good programs had to be cut in the DNR, but there are also programs that were worthless and not worth taxpayer dollars. I’m not a blagojevich fan…. i’m actually a huge conservative, which is why I’m always in favor of less government expansion of programs, and more in favor of cutting existing programs.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/11 at 10:25 PM

I remember when this schmuck was first running for govenor, on a drive from Springfield to Havana I recall seeing a number of banners along the road “Sportsmen for Blagojevich”. I wonder if there is a single sportsman left in that group. I really liked the way things wee before he got into office.

Posted by whoa there big fella on 07/12 at 03:53 PM

If anyone really thinks a republican governor would do any better, just ask Ryan, while he is wearing his striped uniform sitting on his bed in prison. The fact is ALL politicians are all crooks, from the biggest one (Bush, Cheney) on down. It just kills me to listen to some people talk up the republicans when Bush has pi&&ed;away every dime this country has every saved. Republican or democrats, we just can’t trust them. Time to appoint someone in charge of the DNR who is not associated with our government. Then and only then will we be able to be able to control fiscally our beloved sport we call hunting!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/18 at 01:33 PM

please sub obama in all of the above

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/18 at 06:36 PM

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