It doesn’t look like a proposed admission fee to Starved Rock State Park is happening anytime soon.

During a Zoom meeting yesterday (Monday) about the park, State Senator Sue Rezin says improvements to the park should come from a capital bill and not from parking fees.  She and Democratic State Representative Lance Yednock both are afraid that admission fee revenue wouldn’t necessarily all go back into Starved Rock State Park, instead some may go into the state’s general fund.

Yednock thinks it’s a wonderful idea to charge a parking fee but he and Rezin wouldn’t be very popular in their district if they pass a bill to charge for admission and have half the money go somewhere else in the state.  

Rezin unsuccessfully proposed an admission fee into Starved Rock State Park back in 2019.  Some lawmakers balked that she wanted to exclude folks living in La Salle County from paying. 


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March 16, 2021 at 04:24AM