More than 350 people came to Geneseo High School September 17 to discuss their concerns about Governor Rod Blagojevich's attempts to close state parks and historic sites in northwestern and central Illinois.

The hearing was sponsored by Senators Tim Bivins and Dale Risinger of Peoria. Also attending the meeting were Representatives Jerry Mitchell of Sterling and Don Moffit of Galesburg.

The hearing was called to give citizens an opportunity to comment, gather information about the impact the cuts would have on the region and on the state, and mobilize support for restoring the funding.

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