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KC's Corner

An eye on Springfield legislation

Wed, January 12, 2011

Well, you guys have talked me into coming out of blogging retirement! Maybe someone can come up with a catchy name for my blog. As an accountant, and someone who follows outdoors politics in Illinois, apparently my creativity is lacking!

Jeff is wanting to stay on top of legislative and political issues happening in Springfield affecting our hunting rights, so I figured I’d offer to help out. This time of year it gets pretty hectic trying to keep up with all the crap happening in our capitol.

Today marks the day that the 97th General Assembly will be sworn in. Over the course of the next few weeks hundreds, if not thousands, of new bills will be introduced in Springfield. That means new lawmakers will be out to make a name for themselves in their districts, jumping on every special-interest cause they can get behind. This also means seasoned politicians will be introducing legislation without fear of repercussion close to election time. I predict there will be no shortage of bad bills affecting our hunting regulations.

But the politics don’t end there.

February is generally the time that the IDNR introduces their proposed Administrative Rule changes. These are the rules that govern specific parts of our hunting regulations. While these proposed regulation changes don’t go through the entire legislative process that a statute change would have to, the ad rules are generally harder to get reversed once they’re proposed by the DNR.

So, over the next several weeks I’ll do my best to keep you informed of any proposed changes for next year’s hunting season. And I’ll try to explain the process so it’s a little easier to understand. I don’t claim to know all there is to know, but I’ve been around the process long enough to know what to watch for.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them… or at least find the answer for you.



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