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    Kickapoo State Park Closure!!!

    That's right, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has slated Kickapoo State Park for a November 1, 2008 closure, including 11 miles of MTB specific singletrack. Anybody who has had the pleasure of visiting the park and riding the trails knows this a huge hit for the midwest cycling community. We are urging everyone; and we mean everyone, not just cyclists; to write, e-mail, or call Blagojevich, Sen. Michael Frerichs, and Rep. William B. Black and let them know this would be a giant mistake. We have all of the contact info and pertinent links on the Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club home page at www.kickapoombc.org.
    So, please pass this info along to everyone that you can and hopefully we can keep the park open for everyone to enjoy.
    Thank You,
    Jason Elliott
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    Sent a message via website.

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    Is that a permanent closure, or just a seasonal closure?
    Warning: may contain sarcasm and/or crap made up in an attempt to feel important.

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    I've sent a message to the Gov of Illinois. I also posted a message on HMBA" Hoosier Mountain Bike Assoc." about the Closing of Kickapoo Mt. Bike Park. I've also asked them in the Post to get in touch with Mitch Daniels our Gov., to try to get him in touch with the Gov. of Illinois about the benefits of the relationship with HMBA and to progression of Mt.Trail Networks in our local and State Parks.

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    Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC) of the Quad Cities is behind you 100%. We have info on our forum as well on how to connect the Gov. to let him know how we feel. We all hate to see Kickapoo State Park close.

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    Lets have a big ride at Kickapoo.....this weekend...
    who is in...Lets ride the roots right out of the place...whose going with me????

    Blake Griffin

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    Wow,Illinois governors are a fuggin joke. This is the same douchebag who won't live in Springfield cause his gold-diggin,socialite(wannabe) wife refuses to live down-state.

    Thats a shame. Illinois people don't even know what they got in their backyard. Judging from everyone's waistlines(when i was there last week) no one really puts an emphasis on health......or just going outdoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvenFlow
    Wow,Illinois governors are a fuggin joke. This is the same douchebag who won't live in Springfield cause his gold-diggin,socialite(wannabe) wife refuses to live down-state.

    Thats a shame. Illinois people don't even know what they got in their backyard. Judging from everyone's waistlines(when i was there last week) no one really puts an emphasis on health......or just going outdoors.
    maybe we wanna be a bit on the hefty side so as when we do get the chance to ride down hill we go faster 'cuse we so fat. gotta go, wife just pulled into drive way with McD's breakfast, which is 1 block away but my fat a$$ is t lazy to walk there so we drive and crank the ac so as our lard butts don't sweat so much.

    Yes, Rod is a tool with one hell of a hair helmet.
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    Indiana feedback

    Quote Originally Posted by jblakegriffin
    I've sent a message to the Gov of Illinois. I also posted a message on HMBA" Hoosier Mountain Bike Assoc." about the Closing of Kickapoo Mt. Bike Park. I've also asked them in the Post to get in touch with Mitch Daniels our Gov., to try to get him in touch with the Gov. of Illinois about the benefits of the relationship with HMBA and to progression of Mt.Trail Networks in our local and State Parks.
    I had a chance to talk to and email several high level Indiana DNR folks this week. Primarily my contacts were for much better reasons than Park Closures. The Head of Indiana State Parks stopped by to check on an environmental review of Fort Ben here in Indianapolis. The DNR is anxious for us to start building trails there and we all think this review is the last step to getting National Park Approval.

    I also corresponded with the Indiana DNR to update them that we have started construction on the $250,000 grant we go from Mitch (Indiana Gov.) to build more trails in State Parks.

    The feed back I got from them on Illinois is that neither the Indiana DNR or Mitch have much influence on Illinois politics. But they did echo my gut feel that just closing a State Park is not an easy thing and closing a whole bunch is not something other than Political Gamesmanship (unless they want to fill the pockets of the lawyers needed to deal with the fall out).

    That said, just the idea that the Gov. of Illinois would use the Parks as political pawn is appalling. Not only do local residents count on park, but local business also count of them. In addition countless groups, including mountain bikers have donated their time and effort and money to add value to these parks.

    The message seems to be that Parks and those who support them are not important. The time and effort you spend fighting this proposal could have been spent adding value to the Parks.

    Hopefully this is just a political game, and all those who love parks (mtbers, hikers, horsemen, hunters, kayakers, etc...) all remember this come election time.

    I will keep this topic updated on the HMBA site and see if we can get HMBA members to join the email / mail campaign.

    I sounds like there is collegiant MTB at Kickapoo this weekend. This might be a great event to used to make noise. Press, signatures, etc...

    Paul Arlinghaus
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvenFlow
    ... Judging from everyone's waistlines(when i was there last week) no one really puts an emphasis on health......or just going outdoors.
    Thanks, be sure to visit again!

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    Wow, this is worse the challenge park closing 2 years ago. :'(. Jason, just for arguments sake, any idea what would keep people from just poaching the trails once they close it? What does "closing" actually entail? I'm just glad I left IL now. Good luck friends.
    -Dan

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    They'll probably sell off the land to the highest bidder. Turn it into some McMansions and then go suck each other off behind closed doors in celebration. This is terrible news. What are the other parks slated to be closed?

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    STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
    Posted Aug 28, 2008 @ 03:02 PM
    Last update Aug 28, 2008 @ 03:25 PM

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is closing 11 state parks and laying off 39 employees to cope with severe state budget cuts.

    “This is a tough day for DNR and Illinois,” Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said today in announcing the closures of 11 state parks. “These are not decisions we wanted to make, but they are the consequences of a struggling economy.”
    A total of 39 DNR workers are being laid off, 36 of whom are fulltime employees.

    McCloud said the cuts are the result of $14 million in cuts made to DNR’s operating budget as a result of the budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly earlier this summer.


    The following sites are scheduled to close Nov. 1:

    Castle Rock State Park, Oregon

    Lowden State Park, Oregon

    Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield

    Illini State Park, Marseilles

    Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon

    Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris

    Hidden Springs State Forrest, Strasburg

    Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood

    Moraine View State Park, Leroy

    Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton

    Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor

    Total Staff Reductions: 39

    25 site technicians

    4 park rangers

    3 assistant site superintendents

    1 office associate (part time)

    3 office coordinators (2 part time/1 full time)

    1 site security officer
    1 natural resource coordinator

    1 natural resource specialist

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    wow

    this is the closest good place to ride for those of us in the lafayette region. I really like these trails, it makes me want to ride there after it is closed. i hope that we can change the outcome.

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    and they are closing castle rock too. man that sucks

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    Bull#@!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mnster
    STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
    Posted Aug 28, 2008 @ 03:02 PM
    Last update Aug 28, 2008 @ 03:25 PM

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is closing 11 state parks and laying off 39 employees to cope with severe state budget cuts.

    “This is a tough day for DNR and Illinois,” Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said today in announcing the closures of 11 state parks. “These are not decisions we wanted to make, but they are the consequences of a struggling economy.”
    A total of 39 DNR workers are being laid off, 36 of whom are fulltime employees.

    McCloud said the cuts are the result of $14 million in cuts made to DNR’s operating budget as a result of the budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly earlier this summer.
    That's all BS!! It's the Illinois Governor! He has publicly said how much he is against State Parks. Also, if tax $ didn't go toward flying his a$$ home to see his wife that said she wouldn't move to the capitol, then some of those parks wouldn't be closing!!
    There is always someplace in the world dry enough for kick'n up a little dirt.
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    illinois has the worst politicians. daly's, Gov Blag, they are all terrrible, and everyone knows it too,i dont know how they are still there. and Obama is cut from the same tree, just he voted Present so many times(in his 2 years) and has done nothing so people dont realize it yet because they havent looked at the 5 things he has done yet.
    so i guess "change" means make america as FUC53D UP as illinois is.

    and for something a little more on topic the senete held an emergency meeting to restore funding, now Blag has to in his own mind save the day by signing their papers going against his funding withholdings. so once he signs the papers we'll be ok. and our taxes probally gave him many Ks of dollars to spend his time on this genious waste of time. we need to stop paying these people.

    im getting out of this mess and moving either to oregon or NC. our politics are too messed up. ill hope for better elsewhere.

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    Some of us at the Outback Trail Commision ,Portage In. rode Your trail this summer. Upon hearing about the proposed closing We used the links on your website(kickapoomtbc.org) and contacted those individuals .Good luck and hope to be able to ride again at Kickapoo!!!

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