Argyle Lake State Park

Frannie Smith / Tri-States Public Radio News

People are not the only ones who take advantage of the outdoors in the summer. Ticks flock the many hiking trails, camping grounds, and fishing spots throughout the area.

www.DNR.state.il.us

The Illinois DNR says there is something very simple boaters can do to ensure their safety.

Rich Egger

Rescue workers spent more than six hours searching for a western Illinois man who disappeared after the boat he was in took on water and capsized at Argyle Lake State Park.

In The Tri States

Nov 4, 2012

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from October 2012. 

Monmouth was the only municipality to receive a grant from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, the public raised more questions about Iowa Fertilizer Company’s proposed plant in Lee County, and a state panel voted to proceed with the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center.

Rich Egger

A project five years in the making is finally finished in western Illinois. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the road around Argyle Lake State Park near Colchester.

Portions of the road were washed out by a flash flood in late June 2007, which forced the state to close half the park.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller participated in the ceremony and he drove the road earlier in the day.

Rich Egger

A plan to raise funding for the agency that oversees state parks and conservation of wildlife  failed to win approval in the Illinois Senate during the waning hours of the 2012 session.

That agency -- the Department of Natural Resources -- has seen its budget cut in recent years. The DNR said state parks are deteriorating due to the funding decrease and its need for more employees.

Drive a Car, Pay DNR

May 24, 2012
Rich Egger

Vehicle registration in Illinois would go up a couple of bucks under a measure accepted by a House panel.
 
It's one of various fee hikes intended to help the Department of Natural Resources.

Director Marc Miller says DNR has seen its budget reduced by more than half since 2002 and he expects more cuts ahead. 

"We're looking at finding ways to replace money that isn't currently there. So what we see is that we have roughly a $22 million short-fall that we need to make up somehow," Miller said.