Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is a cabinet-level department of the state government of Illinois. It is headquartered in the state capital of Springfield. The IDNR operates the state parks and state recreation areas, enforces the fishing and game laws of Illinois, regulates Illinois coal mines, operates the Illinois State Museum system, and oversees scientific research into the soil, water, and mineral resources of the state.


The former Illinois Department of Conservation was reorganized into the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by executive order in 1995. The reorganization, codfied into state law by Public Act 89-50, also added functions of the former Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals to the agglomerated agency [ 20 ILCS 801/1-5 (Illinois Compiled Statutes).]


As of October 2006, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources was divided up into 14 offices and bureaus [ [ Illinois DNR] .]

* Administration
* Capital Development
* Director
* Law
* Land Management
* Legal Counsel
* Legislation
* Mines & Minerals
* Public Events, Programs & Promotions
* Public Services and Education
* Realty & Environmental Planning
* Resource Conservation
* Scientific Research and Surveys
* Water Resources


As of fiscal year 2006, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had a budget of $187.1 million [ Illinois Blue Book: 2005-2006, page 249.] Its headquarters is located at 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, Illinois 62702, adjacent to the fairgrounds of the Illinois State Fair [ [ Illinois DNR] .]


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