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Although state parks are falling into disrepair under painful budget cuts, efforts to replace lost funding for the Department of Natural Resources have met with resistance. Years of budget cuts have left the state underfunded and facing a $750 million backlog in park maintenance and repairs. Lawmakers proposed charging an entrance fee, as Illinois is among the few states that do not have fees to help with maintenance. That measure passed in the House but didn't get a vote on the Senate floor. As an alternative, lawmakers proposed raising the annual $99 license plate fee by $2, but it failed.

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