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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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Illinois house bill to aid DNR?

September 03, 2008 at 04:07 PM

Whether anything can come out of legislation seeking to restore funding for the Department of Natural Resources is very debatable.

But House Bill 6687, introduced on Aug. 13, looks particularly topical what with the recent discussion of park closings and DNR layoffs.

The bill would:

Amends “An Act concerning appropriations”, Public Act 95-731. Restores certain appropriations to the Department of Natural Resources that were reduced or vetoed by the Governor. Increases certain appropriations to the Department of Natural Resources. Effective immediately.

Of course the names sponsoring this bill so far belong to Republicans, which makes it tough to believe much will happen. And curiously enough, several of those who back the bill would have parks in their area closed. Think that’s a coincidence?

At any rate, while the bill was referred to rules back in August, Rep. David Leitch and Rep. Jim Watson have both signed on as co-sponsors as of today. Folks, there are going to be some interesting political fights ahead in Springfield.





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