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Sparta's World Shooting Complex to close Oct. 1

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
SPARTA, IL (KFVS) -

A site that brings in millions of dollars, and is one of the largest revenue generators in Randolph County, Illinois, is set to close on October 1 because of the state's budget impasse.

The World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Ill. will suspend all shooting and camping on Thursday until state legislators can reach a decision on a budget.

The facility will still allow the general public to fish and boat, dine at J&T's Caliber Restaurant, use conference rooms at the Main Event Center, view the ATA Hall of Fame Building, and shop at The Great Outdoors, Gipson Firearms, and J&J Guns, according to Monica Brackman, Director of Strategic Planning & Marketing for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Region IV office.

The massive 1,600 acre complex is home to the largest trap shooting event in the world, The Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.

In mid-September, we told you how organizers of the Grand American threatened to pull out if they don't receive assurances the World Shooting Complex will be open come next year and that could mean millions of dollars lost from the region each year.

The closure comes as apart of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to cut $420 million state-wide to close the gap in a $4 billion excess in spending beyond state revenue for fiscal year 2016.

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