Illinois boasts some of the most beautiful and accessible rivers and streams in the midwest. Yet, our right to responsibly recreate on Illinois’ shared rivers and streams is in jeopardy. To preserve access to our natural waterways, we must pass a new law clarifying existing rights for river access for generations to come.
An Illinois Supreme Court decision recently noted that Illinoisan's access to riverways should not be unreasonably restricted and called on the Illinois state legislature to legislate our right to our shared waterways.
For example, local landowners on the DuPage River have restricted recreational paddling, dealing a blow to outdoor recreation and local businesses relying on responsible river access. It’s time for the General Assembly to step in.
Use this form to urge your state legislators to affirm Illinoisans’ right to recreate on our shared water resources responsibly by voting YES for HB 5844.
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