- Associated Press - Sunday, October 5, 2014

OGLESBY, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois has acquired 51 acres of land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby to provide more space for wildlife.

In a news release, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced that wildlife habitat land had also been acquired in Edgar, Woodford and Jackson counties.

In the release, Quinn’s office says the state bought the land next to Starved Rock with Open Land Trust funds from a private estate for the appraised value of $900,000.

Quinn’s office also announced more than $6.5 million in improvement projects in state parks around the state, including projects in Cook, DeKalb, Grundy, Jersey, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Winnebago counties.

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