Illinois budget problems, bill backlog affecting state parks

LOVES PARK, Ill. (AP) — The continuing lack of a state budget in Illinois is affecting upkeep and repairs at Illinois state parks. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal visited Olson Lake in Rock Cut State Park on Tuesday. The Rockford Register Star reports that Rosenthal promised to dredge the lake near Rockford but offered no timetable and said his department has an $800 million backlog of deferred maintenance. He said the source of the problem is the lack of a budget.