Republican State Representative Bill Mitchell of Decatur is upset with Democratic legislators who are spending taxpayers' money on a state plane that flies prairie chickens from Kansas to south-central Illinois. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young says the greater prairie chicken is a threatened species.
Young adds the state started a 450-thousand-dollar program this spring to bring the chickens to the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area near Effingham to increase their dwindling numbers. Young says federal dollars largely pay for the three-year, 450-thousand-dollar program, with the state picking up about $117-thousand of the cost.
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