The World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta is scheduled to close at the end of the month as part of state budget cuts. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources notified nine employees at the center this week of the plans, unless a last minute budget deal is reached.
The WSRC is currently hosting thousands of competitors in the American World Trapshooting Tournament, the event that prompted the state to build the complex ten years ago. The facility is the largest of its kind in the world, but the state says it costs $3-million a year to operate and brings in only $1.1-million in revenue. Officials with the tournament say they are hopeful the budget issues can be resolved so they can plan for the 2016 event. The current tournament runs through next week.