Money from a new two-dollar surcharge on license plate renewals is starting to reach state parks.  The new charge began this year as a part of the "DNR Sustainability Bill," which was passed by the General Assembly.  It will provide a source of funding for parks for upkeep and other issues.  

The new revenue will also help the Illinois Department of Natural Resources begin to pay down its 750-million dollar maintenance backlog.  From the surcharge, the DNR is expected to receive between 18-million and 22-million dollars annually.

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