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Proposed Illinois DNR Budget Cuts at 13.5 Percent

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OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) - The director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says his agency faces budget cuts.

The News-Tribune in LaSalle reports that DNR Director Marc Miller says Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget reduces his agency’s spending by 13.5 percent. Miller says that’s in addition to cuts in federal money, which are “sizeable.” Miller calls the cuts a “responsible measure.”

He says the agency will suspend publication of its “Illinois Outdoors” magazine. It also will cut programs at outdoors shows and fairs and stocking of private ponds. He does say that parks will “absolutely not” be closed.

Miller spoke to media Saturday at the La Salle County Democratic Central Committee annual fundraiser.

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