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State Shuts Down Parks and Historic Sites Tomorrow

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 29, 2008 11:00PM

Photo by Lost in Scotland

At close of business hours tomorrow, several state parks and historic sites around Illinois will be shut due to the state's deep $2 billion budget hole. This irks us to no end. The closure hits 18 sites in all and they are:

  • Castle Rock State Park, Oregon
  • Lowden State Park, Oregon
  • Illini State Park, Marseilles
  • Hidden Springs State Forrest, Strasburg
  • Moraine View State Park, Leroy
  • Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton
  • Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor
  • Dana-Thomas House, Springfield
  • Lincoln log cabin near Charleston
  • Fort de Chartres, Randolph County
  • Vandalia statehouse (Saturday is last day; not open Sundays)
  • State center at Bishop Hill, Henry County
  • Carl Sandburg birthplace, Galesburg
  • Cahokia courthouse
  • Hauberg Indian Museum, Rock Island County, (part of the Black Hawk State Historic Site) but the adjacent natural area will stay open.
  • Jubilee College, near Peoria
  • Apple River Fort, Elizabeth
  • Fort Kaskaskia, Randolph County
  • Pierre Menard home, Randolph County