- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois will get roughly $3.6 million in federal grants for local governments to increase public access to outdoor parks and recreation.

The six recipients include the Chicago Park District, which will get $375,000 to buy property along the Little Calumet River to be developed into a park. A $750,000 grant will go to the Kendall County Forest Preserve District to buy 135 acres along the Little Rock Creek to develop parking, a shelter, trails and signs.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the funds earlier this month. Agency director Wayne Rosenthal says the grants are a “win-win” for local governments and people living in nearby communities.

The money is being distributed through a National Park Service fund for land and water conservation.

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