Several communities around the state received some long-awaited good news February 26 when Governor Pat Quinn announced the reopening of seven state parks.

Despite protests from the public and lawmakers, the parks were closed by former Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2008.

This is great news. These are state assets and need to be enjoyed by the people of Illinois. Equally as important are the revenues they bring in – tourism dollars associated with businesses in communities surrounding the parks. I hope Governor Quinn is also able to do the same for our historic sites.

Governor Quinn’s February 26 announcement, at the Department of Natural Resources building in Springfield, officially started the process of reopening Castle Rock State Park and Lowden State Park in Oregon, Illini State Park in Marseilles, Hidden Springs State Forest in Strasburg, Moraine View State Park in Leroy, Weldon Springs State Park in Clinton, and Wolf Creek State Park in Windsor. Governor Quinn called Blagojevich’s decision to close the parks “a false economy.”

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