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.
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.