State budget would cut DNR budget by 13 percent; no parks singled out for closure

No state parks are on the list of entities to be closed, but
DNR’s budget will take even a bigger hit than expected and agency
services are likely to be curtailed. The number of employees at DNR
is also expected to decrease.

That was the word in Springfield Wednesday as Gov. Pat Quinn
proposed the 2013 Illinois budget. Under the plan, DNR will absorb
a 13 percent budget cut, which is deeper than the 10 percent DNR
Director Marc Miller pointed to during a public meeting in
Carterville in early February.

The proposed budget for DNR is about $217 million, down from the
$252 million budget in the current fiscal year.

The number of DNR employees, currently at about 1,300, is
expected to decline to 1,150 next year. A decade ago DNR employed
more than 2,600 people.

On Tuesday, word spread that Quinn’s proposal included the
closing of more than a dozen state facilities. No DNR sites were
part of the budget cut proposal released on Wednesday.

 

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