PEORIA — A group of local volunteers has helped make it easier for citizens to pitch in at state parks under legislation from state Rep. Ryan Spain signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The measure, Spain's first to be signed into law, permits volunteers to perform some work at state parks not already performed by state workers, including adopt-a-trail programs and other work in parks and on trails, "to help keep our state natural resources in even better shape for future generations," Spain said in a prepared release.
The Peoria Republican proposed the bill after hearing from a group of trail riders at Jubilee State Park who had wanted to aid in keeping the park clean but had been told they couldn't.
The legislation is House Bill 3455, which passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously. State Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-Peoria, sponsored the measure in the Senate.