New leadership's on the way for Wildlife Prairie State Park west of Peoria. Jeanne Williamson is resigning from her position as general manager after two years. She's credited with getting the park on sound financial ground after years of uncertainty. The 2,000 acre park began as a private venture in 1978 by Bill and Hazel Rutherford. It is home to indigenous wildlife, including bears, bison, wolves, elk, cougars and more. It was ceded to Illinois in 2001, and suffered from repeated cutbacks in state support. Mike McKim will serve as interim general manager while a search for a permanent director is conducted.
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