It's no secret Illinois is hurting financially, and it's also no secret that state parks are hard to maintain with little money.

One Illinois State Senator named Sue Rezin thinks the answer to raising funds needed to keep our state parks well maintained is to charge fees to use them, starting with Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, IL.

According to the NewsTribune, Senator Rezin filed legislation last Thursday that would give the Illinois Department of Natural Resources authorization to charge admission fees to Starved Rock State Park.

Senator Rezin said, according to;

any fee would be “nominal” and applied to vehicles only — a strategy she said has worked well in other states — with unmanned kiosks where visitors can pay.

If this legislation goes through, parking fees at Starved Rock State Park would go into effect on January 1, 2020.

Would you be willing to pay a parking fee to be able to enjoy the beauty of Illinois' #1 State Attraction? The verdict is still out for me.

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