Marc Miller http://wuis.org en IDNR: Fracking At Least A Year Away In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/idnr-fracking-least-year-away-illinois <p>Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. &nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1aG4YUf ) new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete. &nbsp;</p><p>That's according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;<br />But Miller says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect comments. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:44:25 +0000 Associated Press 13001 at http://wuis.org IDNR: Fracking At Least A Year Away In Illinois State Parks Seeing License Plate Money http://wuis.org/post/state-parks-seeing-license-plate-money <p>Illinois state parks are starting to see money from a $2 surcharge on Illinois license plate renewals. &nbsp;<br>The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports (http://bit.ly/1czFIoL) that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is using the money to reduce a $750 million maintenance backlog. Motorists had to start paying the surcharge this year after last year's DNR Sustainability Bill was approved. &nbsp; Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:01:03 +0000 Sean Crawford 7056 at http://wuis.org State Parks Seeing License Plate Money