Illinois Residents Invited to Support State Parks with ‘Vote’ Donations


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Kankakee, IL – Are you passionate about your state park? Now is the time to show it by voting for your favorite Illinois state park through donations.

The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are encouraging residents to participate in a statewide fundraiser throughout June. Each dollar donated at counts as one vote for the park of your choice.

According to the ICF, parks are grouped by visitation, and one winner from each group will receive a plaque listing all donors. Donations are accepted only online.

Funds raised will be allocated to projects such as accessibility improvements and new playgrounds, chosen by state parks staff. Current initiatives include an accessible fishing pier at William Powers State Park in Chicago and a new stable at Giant City State Park in southern Illinois.

IDNR Director Natalie Phelps Finnie highlighted the importance of these donations in keeping state parks safe, clean, and enjoyable. Illinois is among the few states that offer free admission to state parks, and donations help maintain this accessibility.

The Illinois Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit established in 1995, supports IDNR programs. Contributions are tax-deductible.


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