On-going state park renovations in Illinois may be in jeopardy if a budget isn’t passed soon.
The state may have to halt a $700 million renovation project, based on records from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This project would focus on on-site facilities and campground renovations in all states parks.
Some of the effects are noticeable nearby; Horseshoe Lake in Madison County experienced the lack of recourses and electrify to power the campgrounds during the fall season. Argyle Lake in Colchester, IL had to close the septic tank due to maintenance not receiving funding.
Chris Young, the Communications Director for IDNR, says state parks will remain open to the public during the budget impasse and staff will continue to perform maintenance and other duties the best they can associated to their parks.
Young also says the department is anticipating future projects to move forward once the Illinois General Assembly passes a balanced budget for 2016.