Before naming Marc Miller the IDNR director on Thursday, Gov. Quinn celebrated the signing of Senate Bill 1132.
SB1132 restored the funds swept by Gov. Blagojevich from six wild funds: Wildlife and Fish Fund, Fish and Wildlife Endowment Fund, State Pheasant Fund, Illinois Habitat Endowment Trust Fund, Illinois Habitat Fund and State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) and Rep. Gary Hannig (D-Gillespie.)
The original deadline from the feds for restoring the funds was Monday, but an extension was given for Quinn to formally sign it Wednesday night.
Miller said it should lead to the restoring of more than $15 million in funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but he wasn’t sure how interest would impact all the funds.