Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday (Oct. 10) announced the release of funds for more than $14 million in capital improvement projects at state parks and recreation areas managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, according to the LaSalle News Tribune.

This money was included in the fiscal year 2019 bipartisan budget signed in June and will be used for capital improvements to parks statewide.

Among the recipients is the Illinois and Michigan Canal, but the funds are for a project in Will/Grundy County — a $6,672,150 grant to make DuPage River spillway improvements that are needed to ensure public safety, according to the governor’s office.

“These repairs and improvements represent necessary maintenance near the Kankakee River, in particular modifications to help protect against a 100-year flood,” noted state Sen. Sue Rezin. “Having been heavily involved in flood mitigation efforts in our region for many years now, I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather events — and maintaining and improving our infrastructure plays a role in that.”

“Illinois has some of the nation’s best state parks and recreation areas,” said Rauner. “These funds will help improve park infrastructures, so all Illinois residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the natural beauty that our state has to offer. These investments will help keep our parks attractive visitor destinations and that, in turn, helps build our economy.”

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