On Thursday, April 11, State Senator Sue Rezins hard fought effort to provide more funding to Starved Rock State Park fell one vote short, yet again, from making it out of the Illinois Senate. Senate Bill 1310 would have allowed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to charge a minimal parking fee at the state park.
Senate Bill 1310 was originally called for a Senate vote on Wednesday, April 10, but concerns over the provision to exempt LaSalle County residents from paying the fee prohibited the bill from passing. Senate procedural rules allowed Sen. Rezin to re-call the bill, giving it another chance at passing. However, Rezin was still unable to gather up enough support to move the bill over to the House.
This bill was something that I was extremely passionate about as we continue to see Starved Rock struggle to keep up with the maintenance required from such a large number of visitors, said Sen. Rezin. While we are so lucky and fortunate to have this treasure in our backyard, its also important that we do what we can to keep it both beautiful and safe for future visitors.
Thursdays vote on SB 1310 was 29-8-1.