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DNR tabs Rogner as asst. director

July 20, 2009 at 08:58 AM

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn has named John D. Rogner as the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  Rogner joins the IDNR from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), where he has served since 1998 as supervisor of the Chicago Field Office.

“John Rogner is one of the most respected natural resource conservation professionals in the country and we are very happy to bring his knowledge, expertise, and wealth of ideas to state government,” Governor Quinn said.

Click here to read about an award Rogner received in 2005.

Click here to read a conservation with Rogner about “the challenges of implementing community-based, landscape-scale biodiversity conservation and restoration within a highly urbanized context.”Illinois hunting and fishing

Click here to read a 1998 Chicago Wilderness story about Rogner, who earned degrees in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University, specializing in fish known as darters.

Rogner is a hunter and an angler.

As IDNR assistant director, Rogner will serve as a liaison to the Department’s federal partners and work to rebuild its fish and wildlife programs, as well as help manage new initiatives on youth retention and recruitment.  He is joining IDNR as part of an agreement with the USFWS intended to strengthen fish and wildlife programs and projects managed cooperatively by both agencies. 

“I am thrilled to have John Rogner join us as we work to rebuild the Department of Natural Resources, restore public faith in the agency, and implement new ways to get more young people involved in outdoor recreation and conservation stewardship,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. 

Rogner has more than 25 years of experience in federal wildlife, endangered species, and wetlands programs. As USFWS field office supervisor, Rogner has developed successful habitat restoration programs and relationships with public and private organizations dedicated to wildlife enhancement in northeast Illinois.  For the past 10 years, he has chaired the Chicago Regional Biodiversity Council (Chicago Wilderness), a coalition of nearly 250 environmental, scientific, and cultural organizations.

John Rogner received both bachelors (1977) and masters of sciences (1981) degrees in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

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Who writes such tripe as this??

Click here to read a 1998 Chicago Wilderness story about Rogner, who earned degrees in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University, specializing in fish known as darters. At the time he had a hunting dog.

Wow a hunting dog. Does he own a shotgun too??? Reminds me of John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) asking where do I get me a hunting license?

Chicago and Wilderness DO NOT belong in the the same paragraph, let alone same sentence.

And my final rant for today, is this a new position?? If so/not, does a DNR facing budget cuts with the possible loss of hard working individuals who are the sole source of financial support for their families, need another assistant ball washer (golf pun, not a dirty one) in a time like this??
Governor Quinn, same as it ever was, putting another hog out to pasture to fatten up his pension on the taxpayers dime. And I don’t give two flying you know whats, if someone on here knows this lifelong Chicago environmental guru and tells me this guy is Ghandi reincarnated, its not right.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/20 at 11:38 AM

I wonder how much money John’s going to make for helping run the IDNR. How comethey never tell you that up front. They say John’s going to try and get the kids involed in wildlife. Thats a good thing but he better tell them to get a summer job cause with Dad not working he won’t be able to buy the kid a hunting license, fishing license,deer permit. habitate stamp and the list goes on. But the state has allot of money so John’s going to be just fine but just maybe that kid might not be able to fine a summer job.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/20 at 01:59 PM

Where is our turkey biologist?  Seems like a bad time to be filling positions at the DNR that are not needed.  I honestly don’t know if public faith can be restored.  After seeing how the meeting went on deer management it just seems like business as usual at the IDNR headquarters.  “We speak” They don’t listen.  Now we have another “expert” from Chicago who is gonna wave his magical wand and all will be good.  “HEY” governor Quinn, there is alot more to this state other than Chicago and your political payback buddies.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/20 at 05:40 PM

I agree that there is a good question at hand ..... WHERE IS OUR TURKEY BIOLOGIST ????? If they are filling in the blanks Ill say it again…WHERES OUR TURKEY BIOLOGIST ?????

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/20 at 08:59 PM

The personal attacks will stop when our dear leaders quit fattening up their friends on the taxpayers dime. He will likely have a $100,000+ pension (unfunded by him) until the day him and his spouse leave this earth. It went on under Ryan, Blago, and now Quinn. It goes on no matter what letter is after the elected classes name. This happens at every level of state government and education, from your school superintendent, who in my district makes 228K a year, to ILDOT, to all other IL agencies. I am tired of being robbed via my taxes, I’m tired of the little guys losing their jobs in agencies such as the DNR, just so a few more friends can grow fat before they retire. If I am half cocked, then I never want to be fully cocked.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/21 at 12:00 PM

reddog140 that last sentence did hit a funny bone, however that does not keep me from agreeing with your post. Some may drink the Kool-Aid and stick their head in the sand but there are some that understand the legacy being left behind to future generations of crippling taxation and incredible debt. Career politicians, greed and corruption on all levels have plunged this state into 9-11 billion dollars of debt and then shamelessly ask for a 55% increase in taxes, everyone should be outraged.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/21 at 04:37 PM

Who cares, Obama is going to take away all of your guns anyway right?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/22 at 11:55 AM

Jeff 2020.

I bet you a pack of broadheads, I shoot Montecs (take your pick), that nothing will come from the hire of Rogner that will benefit the IL sportsman. And Chicago forest preserves, or IL tree huggers don’t count.

PS: Bush is gone. Get over your derangement syndrome.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/22 at 01:24 PM

It always goes back to Bush.  He is gone Jeff, now we have Barrack Hussein Obama who so far has done nuttin.  Lets see what this guy does for us, Im with Reddog.  It won’t be much and yet our biologist and CPOs run on a shoestring budget.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/22 at 05:48 PM

Jeff, i’m with the other guys. You cant bring up bush as a problem each and every time it relates to government and the mess states are in.  entitlements are 60% of the federal budget. 

it doesn’t even matter, your boy obama has said repeatedly to put our trust in him and he will fix all.
the real thing you should be angry about is obama spending more than all administrations combined, and thats only in his first 6 MONTHS!!!! hows that hope and change working out for you?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/22 at 09:34 PM

Dont listen to what Obama says… what he does, or trys to do…...Scares the pattys outta me !!!!.......Stimulus, what Stimulas….Who benefitted ??? The auto industry among others went bankrupt and is now owned by who ?  interesting….and corporate executives retired with huge bonus’s across the board, and where did the money come from ? ....Hmmmm whats around the corner with , guns , hunting , and traditional ways of thinking , living, and true freedoms with the Obama team in control????? Its not about Bush….what was put on his plate, and what he had to deal with and do to try and keep us and the world safe was totally different than what Obama has on his plate…..and our deficit wasnt made just from funding of the war..“lord no”..our society bankrupted itself spending spending spending right here on our own soil….and the lending institutions just kept giving giving giving to people and programs that were never gonna make it….now the people are gonna be taxed taxed taxed when in a position that they just cant afford it or take it….economy is trashed and the people just dont have the money to pay all the new taxes and inflated costs of EVERYTHING the government (” local, state, and federal level”)  want and are going to impose on us….Folks, we havent seen jack yet….when all this smoke clears its gonna be ugly to say the least as far as what shape this country is gonna be in !!!!!! Morals, rights, freedom, constitutional foundation…all of this is being compromised or tossed out the window….What are our leaders thinking ???? Think about it folks !

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/22 at 11:17 PM

what are you thinking of? i dont see you running for office

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/23 at 02:24 AM

Bush or Obama Now we are getting too the nitty gritty. One thing we all know Government is telling us what we can or can’t do more everyday. Health Care,Cap & Trade, More Taxes. If that don’t scare you nothing will.What Dr. you can see what car you can drive where you should set your themostat what guns you can own. Now our country is in so much debt and half the folks still think the pin heads in Washington have all the answers. Folks they tell us what we want too hear and keep getting relected and nothing changes. Bush, Obama filp a coin.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/23 at 08:36 AM

Your right Jeff. California 24 billion dollar budget deficit is Bush’s fault. It’s Bush’s fault that California provides approximately 500 million dollars in food stamps,cash payments,and about equal to that in health care to non citizen legal immigrants according to the LA Times. Its Bush’s fault that illegal aliens in IL cost the taxpayer about 3.5 billion a year. It’s Bush’s fault that people who donated exuberant sums of money to Blago’s campaign ending up winning bids on contracts, I’m sure at the lowest cost possible. Its Bush’s fault that tax revenue on cigarettes are down because of the smoke nazis and the increasing taxes on them. Its Bush’s fault that Blago had his name on the toll roads, and that Patty had her name to next to roadside flowers on various interstates.  It’s Bush’s fault the pension system in IL, and many other states are broken. It will be Bush’s fault when cap and trade passes (China and India will tell the US to go pound sand) and your utility bills double, and those with an older house won’t be able to sell them until they bring their house up to EPA energy codes, lord only knows how much that will cost. Its Bush’s fault that the solution to our energy problem is to buy those damn dim twisty light bulbs that the schmuck in PA avenue is mandating instead of drilling here for oil, or exploring oil shale. It’s funny how the state’s with the worst budget problems, are the one’s with the biggest “undocumented workers in the shadows” problem, and run by democrats. Tax cuts work, but not with increased spending. That is where Bush failed. He spent like a liberal, and rarely vetoed anything. But Obama and the current congress is spending the US into oblivion. Bills for reparations keep being brought up in congress. Well this current fiscal policy and agenda are reparations alive and well, and will saddle everyone’s children and grandchildren for years to come. But then again, that is Bush’s fault. Now lets get back to trashing another DNR political hire, because lord knows we need a thousand chiefs and no indians.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/23 at 09:03 AM

Hey reddog you hit the nail on the head. But some people want big government thats why we are in the shape we are in now. Thomas Jefferson wrote when the government is big enough to give you everything you want it’s strong enough to take everything you have.  Seems like it’s getting that way. Maybe it’s Bushs fault. It think they said that about Ole Abe too.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/23 at 09:26 AM

Clinton’s Fannie Mae/Freddy Mac high risk home loan programs started this whole snowball effect.  “You make $50k a year?  We can loan you $200,000 with nothing down.  That house will be worth $400,000 in a few years so all is good…”  Oops…  We wouldn’t be pumping billions of dollars into the banks if people would have lived within their means instead of pushing the limits and assuming the inflated housing market would continue to appreciate.
  I don’t agree with everything that Bush did, but he stood up to the world and said this is how it is.  He sent the message that we wouldn’t take sh!t from terrorists and it was heard loud and clear.  How many more attacks had Bin Laden promised since 9-11?  How many has he carried out?  I guarantee that Al Gore or John Kerry would not have done the same.  We would still be watching Hussein terrorize the Iraqi citizens, Bin Laden would still be dancing through the poppy fields of Afghanistan, and we would still be in this recession because the housing market was going to pop regardless of what anyone would have done…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 08:17 AM

Jeff my post was in response to reddogs 2nd post. We are told 62 parks have to be closed Quinn just handed out 125,000 pink slips, Quinn wanted a 55% tax increase, IDNR wants to raise user fees along with licenses and tags and we were even told they might not have money for toilet paper. Days after putting his stamp on the B.S thing they call a budget Quinn makes this appointment. I’m not attacking Rogner but don’t you thing a new hiring freeze should have been in effect, it smells political to me. Bush had nothing to do with this he was brought up because there is not much of a defense for this appointment.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 09:29 AM

sns, I am glad someone touched on 9-11.  When was the last time a president had to deal with terrorism at this level.  As a past soldier in the Army I didn’t agree with all his actions either but he has a “Take no BS” attitude and thats what we needed at the time.  Clinton had a chance at Bin Laden and pulled off.  Enough said.  This appointment comes at the wrong time as far as I am concerned. While hundreds of state employees are laid off we bring in this guy as a “assistant director”.  Lets hear what is salary is.  This is why our state will never have a balanced budget.  Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 10:17 AM

Jeff, Obama hasn’t fixed ANYTHING in the first 6 months…..  I am still waiting for him to walk on water!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 12:45 PM

Thats why this a great country we can all have a opinion. Remember when Bush was in everyday the news how bad the war was going in Iraq how many boys were getting killed and how bad it was. Non stop. Now here we got Obama the one that said if he getselected hes going too get out of Iraq hes going to close Getmo and go too Afghanistan and get that place taken care of.Well the boys are dying over there but where the news now. Bush made mistakes granted but what gets me is that most of the media thinks Obama has all the answers. But now people are starting to see over the B.S. cause you have too give him that he call dazzle you with B.S. I support are president know matter who he or she might be but I don’t want the Government to tell me what Dr. I can go to or what gun I can own. What Bush did freed allot of people in Iraq and if that government takes hold over there fifty years from now Bush might get a atta boy. But the next three in a half scares the hell out of me.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 02:31 PM

I have a question for Marc Miller.  Will the new Assistant Director, John Rogner, move to Springfield or is this just another Governor’s appointee that the taxpayer will get stuck paying for their housing and transportation to work at DNR?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 04:29 PM

Hmmmm…..this is now a nice debate grazing over several relevant areas, and all related in some way, all stemming from the beginning article and follow up comments. Im actually enjoying the ride listening to what everyone has to say here on this one. No one is really outta line here except the smart ashes….Keep it rolling boys !!!!!!

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