Northwestern Illinois citizens concerned or angry about state budget cuts that will close state parks and historic sites in northern Illinois are being asked to attend a public hearing September 10 in Oregon, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Senator Bivins and Senator Brad Burzynski of Clare are co-hosting an open forum at 6:00 p.m., September 10 at the Oregon Coliseum, 124 N. 4th St. in Oregon to brief the public about budget cuts announced Aug. 28 by the Governor’s office. The forum will also give the public an opportunity to comment about the cuts, which will close 11 state parks, most of them in northern Illinois, and 14 states historic sites.

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