House Approves Bill to Charge Admission at Illinois State Parks

Measure includes fees for vehicle stickers, daily admission fees

By Al Romero
|  Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 8:06 AM CDT
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House Approves Bill to Charge Admission at State Parks

The Illinois House on Monday approved a proposed measure to charge admission fees at Illinois state parks.

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State parks in Illinois would charge admission fees for the first time under a bill approved Monday by the Illinois House of Representatives.

The bill now goes to the Senate. Under the proposed measure, state parks could charge daily admission or even a yearly fee for vehicle stickers, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Lawmakers who back the measure argue the new fees are necessary to pay for maintenance at parks, which have been impacted by recent budget and personnel cuts.

If the bill finds its way to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk, a spokesman said the Governor supports the proposal.

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