With the state budget now firmly in place, departments across the Illinois state government are finally getting to start planning what to do with their allocated funds for the 2017-18 fiscal year. One of those departments is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
IDNR Director and Morrisonville native Wayne Rosenthal was the keynote speaker at the Ag Day Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon. He says the department has faced its share of cuts over the years, but he’s amazed at the resiliency and work ethic of those managing Illinois’ parks.
Rosenthal told a story of how no budget could have affected some people on the happiest day of their lives.
Rosenthal says it’s important to take care of the state’s parks because they provide outdoor opportunities to Illinois residents.