DNR terminates lease on Rend Lake Resort
DNR, which is struggling to maintain the state park system and has upwards of $800 million worth of maintenance projects in backlog, has announced that it is terminating the lease at Rend Lake Resort and will close the facility.
The lease termination follows a notice from DNR to Rend Lake Resort, Inc. last month that the firm was delinquent in rent and related lease payments totaling more than $205,000. In an announcement, DNR said it also learned that the concessionaire owes $14,000 in real estate taxes, $21,000 in utility payments and $47,000 in hotel operator’s taxes.
DNR noted that the Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center had upkeep issues, including mold, peeling paint and other health-related issues. Those issues ultimately resulted in the closing, DNR noted.
John Reilly, the concessionaire, had operated the resort since it opened in 1990.
The facility has 104 hotel rooms, suites, and cabins adjoining Rend Lake, and a conference center including meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Activities and outdoor recreation opportunities at the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area and the 19,000-acre lake include boating, fishing, hunting, trail riding, wildlife watching, swimming, and field dog trial grounds.
“The health and safety of Illinoisans is paramount,” DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal said. “The department must take these steps to protect families and valuable state assets.”