Argyle Lake State Park

Ticks Prevalent This Time Of Year
4:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

McDonough County Identified As Tick-Populated

Ticks are found in forests and areas of tall grass
Credit 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.

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Life Jackets Ensure Safety
4:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

State Law Requires Life Jackets For All Passengers

Boaters on Argyle Lake
Credit www.DNR.state.il.us

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

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Boat Capsized
10:07 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Boater Dies at Argyle Lake State Park

Argyle Lake
Credit 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.

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October 2012
10:09 am
Sun November 4, 2012

In The Tri States

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.

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Damaged by Flood Waters
7:19 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Argyle Lake Rehab Project Finished

Monday's ribbon cutting at Argyle Lake State Park
Credit 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.

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Senate Gives Thumbs Down
11:12 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Illinois State Parks Funding Plan Fails

Argyle Lake State Park is among the facilities that would have benefited from the funding plan
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.

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Illinois Legislative Proposal
1:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Drive a Car, Pay DNR

Argyle Lake is a state park that would benefit from the proposed fee
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.

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