Historic sites, parks to close because of cuts

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration announced Thursday that it’s laying off 73 employees of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Department of Natural Resources, forcing the closure of 13 state historic sites Oct. 1 and 11 state parks Nov.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration announced Thursday that it’s laying off 73 employees of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Department of Natural Resources, forcing the closure of 13 state historic sites Oct. 1 and 11 state parks Nov. 1. Here is a list of closures: STATE HISTORIC SITES —Dana-Thomas House, Springfield —Lincoln log cabin near Charleston —David Davis mansion, Bloomington —Fort de Chartres, Randolph County —Vandalia statehouse —State center at Bishop Hill, Henry County —Carl Sandburg birthplace, Galesburg —Cahokia courthouse —Bryant cottage, Bement —Jubilee College, near Peoria —Apple River Fort, Elizabeth —Fort Kaskaskia, Randolph County —Pierre Menard home, Randolph County STATE PARKS —Castle Rock State Park, Oregon —Lowden State Park, Oregon —Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield —Illini State Park, Marseilles —Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon —Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris —Hidden Springs State Forrest, Strasburg —Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood —Moraine View State Park, Leroy —Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton —Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor (Source: Blagojevich administration) ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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