- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - 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.

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Online: www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation


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