An article was published on 8/28 detailing planned state park (and historic site) closings due to Gov. Blagojevich's budget cuts. Click here to read the full text of the article.
The historic sites on the list will close Oct. 1, while parks will close Nov. 1. The cycling locations most affected will be the Hennepin Canal Trail (losing all maintenance workers) and the I&M Canal State Trail (losing maintenance along 2/3 of the trail).
Illinois State Parks on the list include Castle Rock State Park, Oregon; Lowden State Park, Oregon; Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield; and several others. Illinois state historic sites that will be shuttered include Dana-Thomas House, Springfield; Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna; Bishop Hill, Henry County; and several others.
If you want to speak out on this, contact the Governor's office.