IL House bill would charge fees for state parks

Mar 28, 2012

The Illinois House has passed a bill requiring visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.  Bill sponsor, Republican Representative JoAnn Osmond, says the cash is needed to keep the parks open. Osmond says the money also could help pay to improve the parks because they've fallen into a state of disrepair.  Under the measure, Illinois would be able to charge annual fees for vehicle stickers to get into the parks and daily admission fees for pedestrians or drivers without annual passes. Park officials would set the amount.  The measure now goes to the state Senate.  A spokeswoman says Governor Pat Quinn backs the proposal.