Legislation would waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois senior citizens. The proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat. His bill would let people over 75 get a sport fishing and hunting license for free. Fishing licenses typically cost $15 and hunting licenses cost $12.50. But residents who are 65 and older only pay half the price. Mike Stevens is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says waiving the fees could mean a loss of about $260,000 in revenue. He says that means several jobs could be cut. The proposal was approved by the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee and now heads to the full chamber.
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