SPRINGFIELD — As part of a cost-saving measure, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced it will close 11 parks as of Nov. 1 and will lay off 39 workers.
“The sites will close their doors on Nov. 1,”
said Chris McCloud, a DNR spokesman. The budget the governor got was $2.1 billion underfunded.
The 39 workers to be laid off include: 25 site technician II, 4 rangers, 3, site assistant superintendents, 1 office associate (part-time), 3 office coordinators (2 part-time, 1 full-time), 1 site security officer (IFPE union), 1 natural resource coordinator and 1 natural resource specialist.
The list of Parks to close are as follows:
- Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
- Illini State Park near Marseilles
- Wolf Creek State Park
- Castle Rock State Park, Oregon
- Lowden State Park, Oregon
- Hidden Springs State Forest, Strasburg
- Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon
- Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris
- Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood
- Moraine View State Park, Leroy
- Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton
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Other cuts and layoffs are possible. This can only be described as a tragedy for Illinois outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy what few State Parks Illinois has. For more information on State Parks, go to the Illinois DNR Web Site