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Conservation officers, military veterans part of 107 IDNR layoffs

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement will by laying off 107 employees, according to a state spokesperson.

Thirty-three of those will be conservation officers, and 25 of those officers are military veterans.

Conservation police officers have "full police authority" to enforce Illinois statutes, according to the department's website, but "generally focus on enforcing laws and activities associated with natural resource protection and recreational safety."

Spokesperson Chris Young said the state is withholding a detailed breakdown explaining what and how many positions will be cut, pending notification of the affected employees.

"Some divisions have not been fully contacted," Young explained. "We're having to do what we can to get by, because there's still not a budget hashed out in Springfield."

The Illinois legislature failed to approve the budget by the start of the latest fiscal year after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed cuts widely regarded as severe.

State lawmakers have kept many threatened state services operational since the deadline passed with gradual unveilings of short-term and stop-gap agreements.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate unanimously approved a $4.8 billion spending plan in Senate Bill 2042, which now moves to the House.

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