Hundreds of people jammed the Oregon Coliseum September 10, at a public forum sponsored by Senators Tim Bivins of Dixon and Brad Burzynski of Clare to discuss recent state park closures ordered by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Frustration over the Governor’s action turned to cautious optimism as Senator Bivins relayed a report from Representative Jerry Mitchell of Sterling that the Illinois House of Representatives voted September 10 to restore the funds needed to allow all historic sites and state parks to remain open.

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