As the Illinois bow season opens, CPOs remain on the job
As bowhunters gear up for Thursday's opener, it looks as though the 33 CPOs targeted for layoffs will remain on the job.
Illinois' budget battle continues to nag DNR, however.
The agency has announced that the World Shooting and Recreational Complex near Sparta will close as scheduled Sept. 30 and will remain closed while a court case involving the scheduled layoffs works its way to a conclusion.
There is good news for some DNR employees.
"Due to the lack of a balanced budget, DNR was set to lay off 107 bargaining unit employees effective Sept. 30," DNR stated. "Those layoffs have been suspended indefinitely due to an agreement between the State of Illinois and labor unions representing employees affected. While employees will return to work, the facilities will remain closed to the public during the suspension."
What this means is that you can do just about anything at the shooting complex — except shoot.
"The main event center, restaurant, Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame and access to boat ramps for fishing will remain open," DNR explained.
Read more about this in the Oct. 2 issue of Illinois Outdoor News