Showing posts with label Legislation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Legislation. Show all posts

Thursday, February 15, 2018

HB 5049 - Youth Deer Permits - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

Filed: HB 5049 on 2/14/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that deer hunting permits for youth hunters shall be open statewide and not limited to one specific county.

Last Actions:

HB 5015 - DNR Programs Equipment - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Ryan Spain

Filed: HB 5015 on 2/14/2018

AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 5015

Amend House Bill 5015 on page 2, line 15, after the period, by inserting "The Department shall not be liable for civil damages arising from a volunteer operating his or her own light equipment in carrying out functions granted by the Department, except for willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the Department."; and  on page 4, line 14, after the period, by inserting "The Department shall not be liable for civil damages arising from a volunteer operating his or her own light equipment in carrying out functions granted by the Department, except for willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the Department.".

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Amends provisions concerning the Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail programs. Provides that a volunteer may bring his or her own light equipment, including, but not limited to, a lawn mower, chainsaw, or other appropriate equipment to carry out functions granted by the Department at his or her own risk, so long as it does not interfere with work historically performed by Department employees.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

Photos from the Office of Management & Budget & the DNR 

Today Governor Rauner released his FY19 proposed operating budget for the DNR.  You can find it on page 262 of the Proposed Operating Budget.  An operating budget is where 'appropriations are for consumable goods and services such as salaries and benefits, commodities, utilities, and professional services that are purchased and used during any one fiscal year.' 

The Governor is proposing a 1.5% increase from FY18 that would support a Conservation Officer Trainee class which will be required due to retirement and other similar situations. This proposed budget also maintains a fully funded historic preservation department which the IDNR acquired during 2017.  Hunting and fishing licenses will remain the same price for FY19 while maintaining operations of all state parks and campgrounds.

If this is your first time looking at the DNR budget, it can be overwhelming due to the fact that there are many different programs, departments and funds associated with the agency.  You can find this breakdown on page 263 of the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget.

The Governor also proposed a Capital Budget for the IDNR.  A Capital Budget is when 'appropriations are for assets that have a long-term useful life, such as buildings, highways, underground or surface infrastructure, durable equipment and land. Capital appropriations may span multiple fiscal years.' You can find the DNR Capital Appropriations beginning on page 56 of the Governor Proposed FY19 Capital Budget.

Over several years, the DNR has gone without capital appropriations and with that came deterioration of many DNR properties.  A fully funded capital budget in FY19 will allow the agency to do the over $24 million improvements that they have identified. These projects are highlighted on page 57 of this budget.

The fiscal year 2019 proposed budget provides funding for a complete DNR capital program. This includes: 
  • The continuation of prior year outdoor grant projects, flood hazard mitigation buyouts, mined lands reclamation, recreational trail and water resources programming; 
  • Additional spending authority to finish previously awarded projects; and 
  • Pay-as-you-go appropriations allowing the department to carry out projects and programming that are both core to its mission and can allow for federal match or reimbursement. 
BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS 
The recommended fiscal year 2019 capital budget continues to fund grants and programs that were included in the fiscal year 2018 budget. 
  • Additional spending authority to finish out prior year obligations is included, such as: 
    •  $25 million in authority to fund previous years’ awards for the Museum Grant Program; and  
    • $64 million to continue prior year grants from the Park and Recreational Facilities (PARC) program. 
  • $30.5 million is included for Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) projects, including $15.0 million for new projects in fiscal year 2019.
As hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts we understand how bad the DNR needs this capital appropriation to just maintain our state parks and make them more enjoyable for all visitors.

As a reminder, this is the Governor's Proposed budget, it has not been enacted or approved.  This begins the long negotiations of a budget in Illinois, so continue to check back with Capitol Outdoors throughout this process. 

Remember Enjoy the Outdoors, Good Luck and Stay Safe


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

HB 4783 and SB 2663 - Wildlife - Youth Hunt/Trap - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Avery Bourne
Filed: HB 4783 on 2/13/2018

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Chuck Weaver
Filed: SB 2663 on 2/13/18

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Combines youth hunting and trapping licensing. Provides that the fee for a Youth Hunting and Trapping License is $7. Provides before any youth 18 shall take or attempt to take any species protected by the Code for which an open season is established, the youth shall first procure and possess a valid Youth Hunting and Trapping License. Provides that a Youth Hunting and Trapping License shall entitle the licensee to hunt or trap while supervised by an adult (rather than a parent, grandparent, or guardian) who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid Illinois hunting or trapping license. Provides that youth licensed shall not hunt or trap or carry a hunting or trapping device, including, but not limited to, a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow unless the youth is accompanied by and under the close personal supervision of an adult (rather than a parent, grandparent, or guardian) who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid Illinois hunting or trapping license. Provides that if a youth has a valid certificate of competency for hunting or trapping approved by the Department of Natural Resources, he or she is exempt from supervision requirements. Eliminates provision providing that before a trapping license shall be issued to any person under the age of sixteen years, the person shall obtain the written consent of his father, mother, or legally constituted guardian to obtain the license. Defines "youth". Makes conforming changes.

Actions of HB 4783 : 
  • 2/13/2018 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Avery Bourne 
  • 2/13/2018 House First Reading 
  • 2/13/2018 House Referred to Rules Committee 
  • 2/26/2018 House Assigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  • 3/6/2018 House Do Pass / Short Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 013-000-000
  • 3/7/2018 House Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Dave Severin 
  • 3/8/2018 House Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate 
  • 4/10/2018 House Second Reading - Short Debate 
  • 4/10/2018 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  • 4/11/2018 House Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 113-000-000 
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Arrive in Senate 
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading April 17, 2018
  • 4/18/2018 Senate Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Chuck Weaver 4/18/2018SenateFirst Reading
  • 4/18/2018 Senate Referred to Assignments 
  • 4/25/2018 Senate Approved for Consideration Assignments 
  • 4/25/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 26, 2018
  • 5/8/2018 Senate Second Reading 
  • 5/8/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 9, 2018 
  • 5/17/2018 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 054-000-000 
  • 5/17/2018 House Passed Both Houses
  •  6/15/2018 House Sent to the Governor

HB 4759 - Wildlife - Duck Blind or Pit - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Terri Bryant
Filed: HB 4759 on 2/13/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person shall not establish or use a blind or pit for the taking of wild ducks within 100 yards of the boundary of property on which the blind or pit is located without consent from the landowner of the adjacent property. Provides that the provision only applies to property located in Alexander County, Union County, Williamson County, or Jackson County. Effective immediately.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

HB 4714 - Deer Hunting - Air Guns - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep.Natalie Phelps Finnie

Filed: HB 4714 on 2/8/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun. Defines "air-powered gun" as any implement, designed as a gun that will expel a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air charged from an external high compression power source.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

HB 4592 -$DNR-SNOWMOBILES- Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Tony McCombie

Filed: HB 4592 on 2/6/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Appropriates $442,403 from the Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for the administration and payment of grants to nonprofit snowmobile clubs and organizations for construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of snowmobile trails and areas for the use of snowmobiles. Effective immediately.

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HB 4585-ROCK RIVER-CATFISH- Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Tony McCombie
Filed: HB 4585 on 2/6/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than one flathead catfish under 35 inches in length within the waters of Rock River. Provides that a flathead catfish in possession of an individual from Rock River that is over 35 inches in length shall be released immediately. Provides that all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than 6 channel catfish under 30 inches in length within the waters of Rock River. Provides that a channel catfish in possession of an individual from Rock River that is over 30 inches in length shall be released immediately.

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SB 2295 -FISHING LICENSES-Illinois 100th General Assembly

Senate Sponsors
Sen.
Julie A. Morrison

Filed: SB 2295 on 1/10/2018

Final Action:
Passed Both Chambers
House: 101-000-000
Senate: 052-000-000

AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 2295

Amend Senate Bill 2295 by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the following:

"Section 5. The Fish and Aquatic Life Code is amended by adding Sections 1-27 and 1-51 as follows:

 (515 ILCS 5/1-27 new)
Sec. 1-27. Combination license. "Combination license" means an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of fish or animal during a specified period of time.



Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Defines "fishing license" for purposes of the Act as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of fish during a specified period of time. Effective immediately.

Last Actions:





SB 2493 -WILDLIFE-DEER BAIT-Illinois 100th General Assembly

Governor Rauner has vetoed this bill (known as the Deer Feed Bill) 

**Latest Update** September 25, 2018

Here is his veto message which addresses his decision: 

Today, I veto Senate Bill 2493, which would direct the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute to conduct a study on the health and social effects of supplemental deer feeding on the wild deer population outside of deer hunting season.

There is significant controversy within the conservation and wildlife professions as well as among the general public over the real and perceived positive and negative impacts of supplemental feeding of wild animals, and the scale on which these practices are used.

However, this subject needs further discussion to better define the scope and aims of such a study. It should include more flexibility for experts to exercise their judgment and further involvement by the Department of Natural Resources. We should ensure that any research fully considers the health impacts on the Illinois deer population.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill 2493, entitled “AN ACT concerning wildlife,” with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.

This bill now moves onto Veto Session scheduled for November 13th.  At this time the General Assembly may vote to override this veto. 

Read more about the bill here.

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Update as of 5/17/18

Senate Sponsors
Sen. 
Chapin Rose

Filed: SB 2493 on 1/31/2018

Latest Action:  Vetoed by the Governor, Veto Message

2nd Amendment
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the University of Illinois Act. Provides that the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute shall, subject to appropriation and in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, conduct a study for a period of at least 5 years on the health and social effects of supplemental deer feeding on the wild deer population outside of any Illinois deer hunting season and whether supplemental deer feeding affects the risk of disease transmission in the deer population. Requires the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine to submit the study's findings and any recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources, to be posted on its Internet website, and the General Assembly in a report no more than 180 days after the completion of the study.

Amendment Filed : 5/17/18

New AMENDMENT

AMENDMENT NO. ___#1__. Amend Senate Bill 2493 by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the following: "Section 5. The University of Illinois Act is amended by adding Section 12.10 as follows:


Supplemental deer food; study. The University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute shall, subject to appropriation and in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, conduct a study for a period of at least 5 years on the health effects of supplemental deer feeding on the wild deer population outside of any Illinois deer hunting season and whether supplemental deer feeding affects the risk of disease transmission in the deer population. The study shall include a social study for a period of at least 5 years to measure the social impacts of supplemental deer feeding. For the purpose of this study, supplemental deer feeding shall include mixtures that are commonly used to feed wildlife with a mineral component or commercial feed. The study shall be conducted in areas within this State that are south of Illinois State Route 36. During the study, supplemental deer feeding shall be permitted on private land in the geographic boundaries established for the study. The University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine shall submit the study's findings and any recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources, to be posted on its Internet website, and the General Assembly in a report no more than 180 days after the completion of the study. The report to the General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk and Secretary shall direct.".


Amendment Filed: 4/20/2018

"Section 5. The University of Illinois Act is amended by adding Section 13 as follows:
(110 ILCS 305/13 new)

Sec. 13. Supplemental deer food; study. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, subject to appropriation and in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources, shall conduct a study for a period of at least 2 years of the health effects of supplemental deer feeding on the wild deer population and whether supplemental feeding affects the spread of any communicable diseases within the deer population. The study shall also designate geographical locations where the practice of supplemental deer feeding may be beneficial. The University of Illinois College Veterinary of Medicine shall submit its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly in report no more than 60 days after the completion of the study. The report to the General Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the Secretary shall direct.".





Synopsis As Introduced:Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Code when not in active deer hunting season which shall be implemented by the Department of Natural Resources by rule.




Bill Status: 
  • 1/31/2018 Senate Filed with Secretary by Sen. Chapin Rose
  • 1/31/2018 Senate First Reading 
  • 1/31/2018 Senate Referred to Assignments
  • 2/7/2018 Senate Assigned to Agriculture
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Do Pass Agriculture; 010-000-000
  • 4/12/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 17, 2018
  • 4/20/2018 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Chapin Rose
  • 4/20/2018 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  • 4/23/2018 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Agriculture
  • 4/25/2018 Senate Second Reading
  • 4/25/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 26, 2018
  • 4/26/2018 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommend Do Adopt Agriculture; 008-000-000
  • 4/27/2018 Senate Rule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 3, 2018
  • 5/1/2018 Senate Recalled to Second Reading
  • 5/1/2018 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted; Rose
  • 5/1/2018 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
  • 5/1/2018 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 050-001-000
  • 5/2/2018 House Arrived in House
  • 5/2/2018 House Chief House Sponsor Rep. Brad Halbrook
  • 5/8/2018 House First Reading
  • 5/8/2018 House Referred to Rules Committee
  • 5/8/2018 House Assigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  • 5/15/2018 House Added Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Norine K. Hammond
  • 5/15/2018 House Do Pass / Short Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 012-001-000
  • 5/17/2018 House Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  • 5/17/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  • 5/17/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  • 5/18/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  • 5/21/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  • 5/21/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  • 5/22/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Rules Refers to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  • 5/23/2018 House Second Reading - Short Debate
  • 5/23/2018 House Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  • 5/24/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 010-001-000
  • 5/24/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  • 5/24/2018 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  • 5/25/2018 House Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. LaToya Greenwood
  • 5/25/2018 House Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 082-028-001
  • 5/25/2018 House House Floor Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 40
  • 5/25/2018 House Added Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe





Sunday, February 4, 2018

Illinois Legislator Pledge for the Outdoors

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To all Illinois Legislators, 
For far too long hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts have been put on the back burner by our legislators. The lack of funding within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has put a strain on our state parks, conservation efforts and our ability to grow as an industry.

We are not going to point fingers at who is to blame. Why? Because Illinois' Natural Resources are enjoyed by all of Illinois' constitutes; Republicans and Democrats; all races, all genders and all religions. If we sit here and blame each other, nothing will be solved. We are taking a stand to inform you, our legislators, during this election cycle, that we are no longer sitting idly by. We are sick of the excuses that we have heard for over a decade and we want action!
We understand that our state is in the red when it comes to finances and there is no easy solution to get us out of it. We have heard over and over again that there is no funding available to the IDNR and we understand the politics that come into play when allocating funds. For example, Agriculture, Human Services, Pensions, Transportation and the list goes on. There is no easy fix to this budget crisis, however your constitutes that hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors are apprehensive about the future of our state's natural resources.

Legislators need to look at the IDNR as an investment decision, not an overnight solution. Just look at these two areas in Illinois; Lake Shelbyville and Rend Lake. These are two areas that have an abundance of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities that are not living up to their potential. Don't just take our word for it, talk to the legislators that represent these areas to see what our state is missing out on.

Current and past Directors of the IDNR can only do some much with the inadequate funding that you as legislators give them. Doing more with less only gets you so far.

It's time to capitalize on what Illinois can offer the nation. We are home to Lake Michigan, the Mississippi River, the Illinois River and hundreds of lakes and other tributaries, you as legislators don't take advantage of. By investing in our state parks, our fisheries and our wildlife management you can increase tourism and economic development by bringing hunters, anglers, bird watchers and the like from other states. These are hunters that will hunt on our land, anglers who will fish our lakes, bird watchers who will enjoy our state parks. All of these people will buy gas at our gas stations, stay at hotels in our cities and go out to dinner at our local restaurants.

We write this letter to inform you that there are options available, you just have to be willing to work with those that utilize the natural resources. Be open minded about sitting down with groups, organizations and those that hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors in this state to see what solutions they have. These are your boots on the ground, they know the issues affecting their region or area just as well as those working within the agency.

We understand that your job is a difficult one and that there is no quick or easy solution, however the days of excuses from our legislators and those of power will no longer be accepted by the outdoor community.

Enclosed, is a pledge that we are asking, you, as a legislator, to sign to show your constitutes; the hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts of this state, that you are serious about dedicating time, energy and resources into improving the quality of state parks, conservation efforts and more within the IDNR. By signing this pledge, you are showing a willingness to be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem.




HB 4231 - Blaze Pink Clothing - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Dave Severin

Filed: HB 4231 on 1/16/2018

Final Action
Passed Both Chambers
Senate:  058-000-000
House: 111-000-000

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Authorizes certain hunters to wear solid blaze pink colored clothing (in addition to blaze orange colored clothing).


Last Action:
Bill Passed Both Houses and now moves onto the Governor 

Bill Status:

Friday, February 2, 2018

HB 4279-DNR-RECREATIONAL BOAT FUNDING - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Jerry Costello, II


Filed: HB 4279 on 1/18/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:Amends the Department of Natural Resources Act. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources has the authority to accept, receive, and administer on behalf of the State, federal grant funds associated with the development or preservation of recreational boating infrastructure on this State's waterways and distribute those funds as prescribed by the appropriate federal agency. Provides that funds received by the Department shall be deposited into the Natural Resources Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant Dollars Fund and used for these purposes. Makes conforming changes in the State Finance Act.

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HB 4487 - Funding State Parks through Lottery Game - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsor
Rep. John M. Cabello

Filed: HB 4487 on 1/31/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:
Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Requires the Department of the Lottery, beginning on January 1, 2019 or as soon thereafter as is practical, to offer a special instant scratch-off game for the purposes of upkeep, maintenance, and improvements to Illinois State and local parks. Provides that the net revenue from the special instant scratch-off game must be deposited into the Illinois Parks Scratch-off Fund. Provides that the moneys deposited in the Fund shall be used by the Department of Natural Resources for upkeep, maintenance, and improvements to Illinois State and local parks, including grants for those purposes. Authorizes the Department of the Lottery to adopt rules necessary to implement and administer the game. Defines "net revenue". Amends the State Finance Act to create the Illinois Parks Scratch-off Fund. Effective immediately.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Illinois Outdoor Legislation Regarding Hunting and Fishing effective January 1, 2018

During the first year of the 100th General Assembly talks were mostly about the budget, however there were some hunting and fishing related bills that passed.   Below you will find those that are effective January 1, 2018.  One of the major bills that passed this General Assembly was the Crossbow bill, however that became effective immediately, so we did not include that and others that had an immediate effective date.  If you would like to learn more about these, click here.

The second year of this General Assembly might be slow going until after the March primary then you may see things start picking up again.  However, as in every election year there may be hot button issues brought up to get that recorded vote or both chambers will be quiet and contend to only issues of less controversy, only time will tell.  Be sure and follow us as we keep you informed from the Legislative Floors to the Great Outdoors.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hunting for America comes to Illinois

(Springfield, IL) Today, a new organization has joined the many others trying to effect change within the Capitol Building.  Hunting Works for America has come to Illinois creating a new grassroots organization, Hunting Works for Illinois.

Hunting Works for Illinois Mission
'Hunting Works For Illinois exists to promote the strong economic partnership between the hunting and shooting communities and the local economy of the state of Illinois.'
In December of 2016, President Obama signed the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act into law.

'This new piece of legislation requires the Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, to assess and analyze the contributions of the outdoor recreation industry, including recreational fishing, to the United States economy. The legislation will help to ensure that sportfishing industry jobs and recreational fishing’s economic impact are accounted for as part of the gross domestic product (GDP).' 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Governor Rauner Signs HB 3399 - Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit

On September 22, 2017 Governor Rauner signed HB 3399 which will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017 - 2018 season.  However, if you hunt/trap in these counties (Boone, Bureau, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Putnam, Stark, Stephenson, Vermilion, Will, Winnebago, Woodford) the law makes it unlawful to do so for bobcats. This is one of the last bills we've been waiting action on from the governor.

Below you'll see the press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

New Law Results in Changes in Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season


SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new state law will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017-18 Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season which opens on Nov. 10. The legislation making changes in the bobcat season, House Bill 3399, was signed into law on Sept. 22.


Additionally, the new law also changed the list of counties in which it is unlawful to hunt or trap bobcats in the state. The following counties are prohibited from hunting or trapping bobcats: Boone, Bureau, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Putnam, Stark, Stephenson, Vermilion, Will, Winnebago, Woodford, and the area north of U.S. Route 36 in Edgar and Douglas counties and north of U.S. Route 36 to the junction with Illinois Route 121 and north or east of Illinois Route 121 in Macon County.

Bobcat hunting and trapping season dates are Nov. 10, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018.

Illinois resumed bobcat hunting and trapping during the 2016-17 season. During the 2016-17 season, the taking of bobcats was prohibited in a northeast quadrant of the state bounded by Interstate 39/U.S. Route 51 on the west and U.S. Route 36 on the south, and was allowed in the remainder of the state.

Hunters and trappers may apply for 2017-18 bobcat permits through Sept. 30. A total of 1,000 permits have been allocated, and a lottery drawing will be conducted as more than 1,000 permit applications have been received. During last year’s bobcat season, Illinois issued 500 permits and hunters and trappers harvested 141 bobcats, a 28 percent success rate.

Applications can be made through the DNR Direct online license and permit system ($5.00 non-refundable application fee) at https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/start.php


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Illinois Governor Signs Four Hunting/Fishing Related Bills

Yesterday, the Governor signed four hunting/fishing related bills:


  • HB 2685-Green Hides 
    • Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that except as provided in the Code, it is unlawful to have in his or her possession the green hides of fur bearing mammals without a valid hunting or trapping license.  Learn More
  • HB 3093-Electronic Licenses
    • Amends the Wildlife Code. Defines "hunting license" as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time. Effective immediately. Learn More
  • HB 3272- Commercial Fishing 
    • A Department of Natural Resources initiative  providing that all trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish may not be taken by commercial fishing devices, including gill or pound net. Learn More
  • HB 3273- Lake Michigan Fishing
    • Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may issue a maximum of 5 commercial fishing licenses for taking from the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan yellow perch, bloater chub, and other commercial fish species designated by Department rule. Learn More
There are still two bills that we are waiting for Governor Action on:



He has until the end of September (60 days from when he was sent them) to either Veto
or Sign them or they become law. 

Be Informed!  Follow us on social media and check back often for updates! 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Legislative Wrap Up for First Section of 100th General Assembly

Legislative Wrap-up for First Year of 100th General Assembly


The legislative deadline for the first year of the 100th G.A. (May 31st) has come and gone.  This year, the general assembly was focused on major reforms to try and combat the budget deficit and ultimately pass a budget.



The political back and forth and blame game continued throughout the session and no real reform happened and unfortunately this state is still without a budget.

Speaker Madigan has called for continuous session throughout the summer in an attempt to pass a budget before the June 30th deadline. 


In between all the budget discussions, there were in fact some hunting and fishing bills that made it through both chambers and now sit on the Governor's desk.    

If you would like more information on each bill, click on the link.

Bills that passed both chambers:


There are still some major hot button issues that sit in either chamber to be potentially voted on. Such as the Bobcat Prohibition Bill, Lead Ammunition Ban and the Crossbow Hunting bill

Be sure to subscribe so that you can stay up to date as things happen in the General Assembly. 

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Commercial Fishing, Electronic License, & Volunteer Trail Awaiting Governor

Commercial Fishing, Electronic License, & Volunteer Trail Awaiting Governor



There's been movement on the Illinois Senate floor.  All these bills have passed both the house and senate and now wait Governor Rauner's signature. 

With the legislative deadline approaching what else will come up for a vote?  Stay informed by following us. 

  • Wildlife-Hunting License-100th GA - HB 3093

  • COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATION-100th GA - HB 3272

  • FISH-LAKE MICHIGAN COMMERC LIC-100th GA - HB 3273

  • DNR-VOLUNTEERS-TRAIL PROGRAM-100th GA - HB 3455

Remember Enjoy the Outdoors, Good Luck and Stay Safe

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