News

“State Parks, Great Parks” Improvements to Begin

“State Parks, Great Parks” Improvements to Begin

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has launched an effort that will spend millions of dollars on state park improvements.

The agency on Friday began its “State Parks, Great Parks” campaign to start construction on picnic shelters, park restroom facilities and trails. The program uses $20 million in annual revenue from a vehicle registration fee increase of $2 in 2012.

Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says the new revenue can only be used for park improvement projects. He says this campaign is the start of an effort to improve the state’s parks.

The department also announced Friday it has launched a new website. The site allows visitors to more easily find information on state parks and outdoor activities, and reserve a campsite.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

PHOTOS: Dogs of Hollywood

amysmart

Check out these celebs and their four-legged friends.

in Entertainment

National Portrait Gallery show explores nature of celebrity

bradpitt

In the age of selfies and social media, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past.

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

tomcruise

A look back on some of the most memorable moments in Hollywood history.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: Evil clown returns for “Poltergeist” reboot

18-overlay4

Just when you felt it was safe to look under the bed, we're given another "Poltergeist" movie.

in Entertainment

PLAYLIST: 19 of the best Summer songs

Patriotic Music

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Start your season off right with this playlist spanning the '60s to now.