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Worst tax is on belief in DNR

April 28, 2008 at 06:28 AM

In between articles about catching fish, Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times has done a good (though sad) job in recent weeks detailing Gov. Blagojevich’s dismantling of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

His latest column on this subject may be his best and focuses on the way Blagojevich has made hunters and anglers lose faith in the DNR. Click here to read the entire column. Writes Bowman:

Loss of trust and faith might be the ultimate cost of Gov. Blagojevich’s tenure-long assault on Illinois outdoors.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been gathering documentation of the consequences of Blagojevich’s cutting of the Department of Natural Resources (we’ll get to long-term impact at specific sites in coming Sundays), but what comes through more sharply than the actual cuts in money, manpower and moxie is the toll on belief.

Ultimately and quickly, that translates into a loss of dollars and a loss of outdoor opportunity in a state where expenditures on hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing top $2 billion annually.

Faith and trust are not things easily regained, and sometimes they never are.

That’s a point worth pondering long and hard. Sure, hunters and anglers would pay more to pursue their passions in Illinois? But are we willing to pay more to this administration, knowing that the money will likely end up being used for another purpose? Not really. Will we ever be? Let’s hope so.


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You assume hunters and anglers are willing to pay more——when are we going to get what we are paying for now?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 07:46 AM

I quit making donations a while back.  I even got rid of my license plates that were supposed to help the dept of conservation.  I feel bad for all who work for the DNR as they I am sure are keeping their eyes out for new jobs.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 09:06 AM

two words….... VOTE REPUBLICAN. When will people begin to realize that the smaller the government, the smaller the corruption! one of the scariest two things i’ve ever heard someone say is ” hi, i’m from the government and i’m here to help”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 04:56 PM


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 05:21 PM

Our last Gov. was a Republican and he is in prison. Vote for a Gov. who actualy loves the outdoors, Dem or Rep.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 06:22 PM

I had the dnr out the other day to mark the south line of my property where it join’s a nature preserve…those poor guy’s had to go to the local state park to barrow a fence post driver to drive the sign post’s with….They said Springfield wouldn’t ok the money to buy one…I ask them what the people at springfield thought on how they were going to drive the post ...they told me springfield told them to bring one of there own or go barrow one…now how the hell is the DNR going to operate with people like that in charge…I have lost all respect for our ILL. state goverment…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/29 at 07:18 AM

What is most upsetting to me, is that people voted this guy in twice. So sad.  While the IDNR is near and dear to all of us, there are many other state agencies also feeling the pain of cuts from this adminstration.  Just think…we have a couple more years to wait and see if most of the state can out-vote the three Dem counties (Cook, Madison, & St. Clair)

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/29 at 01:52 PM

I am so sick of hearing what this Governor is doing to our state. Lets face it, Blagojevich only cares about his pet projects and his pay to play boys. What has this guy done for our state but make us all look like fools because “we” elected him. I never voted for him and never would. Only a few selected counties carried this guy and now we have to pay for it.  It is complete BS.  Our IDNR has been run into the ground under this administration.  Where is our money going to?  Sure and the hell not going into our natural resources.
Flights to and from Chicago, a $750,000 heated driveway at the Governor’s crib.  Boy that is money well spent.  How about money for land so people have a place to hunt and fish.  How about raising some pheasants so we can take our kids out to hunt them. I hope that he gets what he has coming to him after all his old boys turn on him.  Camoflauge for sure isn’t his favorite color.  Maybe Black and white stripes suit him better.  I hope so.  He has to go before our DNR is trashed beyond repair.  Call your goverment officials and tell them to support the bill to recall elected officials and lets start with Blagoblow…......

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/29 at 05:30 PM

Blogoblow sucks.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/29 at 07:38 PM

We have another 3 years to see who Chicago votes in as the next crook… err… governor.  This voting system is broken in this state and Chicago has too much control over politics.  Illinois is an agricultural state first and foremost and should be represented by those with this belief.

shedhead, please supply the house or senate bill number of the bill you speak of.  It is better to supply this number to your representatives than just a general statement w/o the number.  Thanks.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/30 at 07:33 AM

I remember during the election “Hunters for Blagojevich” bumper stickers.  Where are they now?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/30 at 06:37 PM

“Hunters for Blagojevich” is why i voted for the piece of dung the first time….sorry guys. :(

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/01 at 02:43 PM

Looks like the recall bill was squashed anyway so sorry I did not supply a number.  One great website you can check out is  It gives you alot of updates on what is going on in Springfield.  It also gives you info on what is going on with our blowhard Governor.  According to the above website it sounded like the bill was shot down on the house floor because too many of our elected officials were acting like preschoolers.  It aslo stated our Governors boys did not support the bill. SNShunts, check out this site.  Sounds like Cook county may have had enough of our Governor’s style of running the state. I am with you.  Government is broken in our state, too much Chicago politics for me.  We officials who care about our natural resources.

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