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Illini State Park

Illini State Park
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Map of the U.S. state of Illinois showing the location of Illini State Park
Location LaSalle County, Illinois, USA
Nearest city Marseilles, Illinois
Coordinates

41°19′18″N 88°42′57″W / 41.32167°N 88.71583°W / 41.32167; -88.71583Coordinates: 41°19′18″N 88°42′57″W / 41.32167°N 88.71583°W / 41.32167; -88.71583

Area 510 acres (206 ha)
Established 1934
Governing body Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illini State Park is an Illinois state park on 510 acres (206 ha) in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. In 1934, Illini entered into the state park system, and was dedicated a year later in 1935. On August 29, 2008, the Department of Natural Resources announced the park would close on November 1, 2008 due to budget cuts.

2008 closing

Illini State Park was one of eleven state parks slated to close indefinitely on November 1, 2008, due to budget cuts by then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.[1] After delay, which restored funding for some of the parks, a proposal to close seven state parks and a dozen state historic sites, including Illini State Park, went ahead on November 30, 2008.[2] After the impeachment of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, new governor Pat Quinn reopened the closed state parks in February.[3] In March 2009 Quinn announced he is committed to reopening the state historic sites by June 30, 2009.[4]

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