Action Alert: Tell Governor Rauner and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources not to eliminate funding for the Endangered Species Protection Board

September 22, 2015

The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board's budget was recently zeroed out by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Urge IDNR to fully fund the Endangered Species Protection Board so the Board can employ staff necessary to perform the science needed to make sound listing decisions, protect all species, and preserve the Board's independent decision making.

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As of September 15, 2015, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (citing the tenuous state of the IDNR financial condition and the bleak Illinois State budget) decided to no longer fund the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board now or in the foreseeable future. Funding for the Board is supposed to be provided by the Natural Areas Acquisition Fund, which is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax not the General Revenue Fund.

The elimination in funding for Board, staff, or operational activity puts at risk the science-based decisions of the Board and protections of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals in Illinois.

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