Illinois: Conservation Funding in the Budget

Illinois now has a budget, and it includes funding for conservation initiatives, open space protections, and climate action.

This funding was maintained because you spoke up and demanded action from our leaders. Climate change is real and in the absence of federal leadership, climate action is progressing at the state, city, and local levels. Please take a moment to contact your representative asking them to continue their support for conservation in Illinois.

Contact your state elected leaders in support of conservation.


For over 50 years, Openlands has advocated for the open spaces of Northeastern Illinois. Protecting these areas requires support from the state, but when we have coordinated our efforts, we have protected thousands of acres for people to enjoy the nature of the Prairie State.