The Commission:

  • Name: Illinois Natural Resources Advisory Board
  • Regulatory or advisory: Advisory
  • Number of voting members: 13
  • Term length: 6 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Selection criteria per statute

“An Advisory Board to the Department of Natural Resources, composed of 13 persons, one of whom shall be a senior citizen age 60 or over.”

  • From the Commission’s website

The Advisory Board is statutorily created to advise the agency on long-range policies to assist in guiding the protection and conservation of renewable resources of the state and recommend changes in hunting and trapping seasons and bag or possession limits.

The Agency:

  • Name: Division of Wildlife Resources
  • Type: Subagency within Department of Natural Resources
  • Title of Agency Director: Chief
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency wesite:

“To provide leadership with the restoration, management and protection of wildlife populations and their habitats, in accordance with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.”

Revenue for Illinois Division of Wildlife Resources:

† Other: All Other Source (3.5%), Investment Income (1.0%), Motor Vehicle and Operators (0.1%), Prior Year Refunds (1.0%), Receipts from Revenue Producing (5.1%)


Source: FOIA Request to Illinois Department of Natural Resources (April 2024). Email correspondence with Nicole Thomas, FOIA Officer, Illinois DNR (April 2024).

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

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