Rep. Rosenthal Tapped for DNR Post

Rauner looks Downstate for key DNR hire. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the State agency that oversees Illinois fishing licenses and hunting licenses; it watches over most state parks, fish and wildlife areas, and natural areas. The Department also oversees Illinois coal mining and fossil-fuel drilling, including fracking for crude oil and natural gas.

Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) has been picked by Governor Rauner to be DNR’s new director. News of the appointment became public on Thursday, January 15. The Montgomery County-based Journal News has the story of the new path taken by their area’s hometown lawmaker.

A veteran U.S. fighter pilot with the Illinois Air National Guard, Rosenthal has served in the House of Representatives as a working farmer and advocate for Illinois hunters and sportsmen. Rosenthal is expected to leave the Illinois House on Monday, January 19. State law provides for the prompt appointment by local leaders of a replacement lawmaker for the 95th House District, which includes all of Montgomery County and portions of Christian, Macoupin and Madison counties.

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