Peoria Public Radio Staff
Peoria Public Radio News
Fri April 26, 2013
Legislation transferring ownership of local park heads to governor
The state of Illinois will no longer own Wildlife Prairie State Park under a measure headed to the Governor. The Senate Thursday approved legislation transferring ownership to Friends of Wildlife Prairie State Park. The not-for-profit sought control of the park after the state continually stopped funding operations. The two-thousand acre facility’s major source of funding now comes from the public through membership fees, donations, and grants. The legislation still requires the Friends board to keep the park open to the public and maintain its current mission.