A man running for the Illinois House donated the money this week to reopen two southern Illinois state parks. Horseshoe Lake State Park and Ramsey Lake State Park closed at the end of April due to unpaid electric and trash bills, but Bob Romanik says he paid the bills through the summer so people could enjoy the parks.
The state said an anonymous donor took care of the overdue bills with Southwestern Electric Cooperative which had been unpaid by the state due to the state budget impasse, but Romanik said this week he paid the bills. Romanik is the Republican candidate for the 114th District covering a part of St. Clair County. Horseshoe Lake, near Pontoon Beach and Granite City, reopened yesterday. Romanik said he also paid the electric bill for Carlyle Lake State Park, although the park was still open and the bill was not overdue. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says electric, trash, and other bills are overdue at other state parks, but so far none are in danger of closing.