Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget cuts to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are so severe, the agency's chief of staff says it's on the brink of closing. Jay Curtis says in the past decade the department's budget shrunk from $106 million dollars to $45 million. And Curtis says in that ten years the agency has lost over half its employees.
Quinn wants to reduce D-N-R's budget this year by 13 point 5 percent. The agency will stop producing is monthly magazine, "Outdoor Illinois."
But Director Marc Miller has promised that parks will not be closed. At least one legislator is suggesting fees to enter state parks as another way to supplement the department's shrinking budget.
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