If you drive around Illinois, you will see lots of state parks.
They are as common in many non-Chicago metropolitan counties as forest preserves and conservation district sites.
The difference is that state taxpayers (disproportionately from the Chicago metropolitan area, especially the suburbs) pay for the upkeep of state parks while local taxpayers foot the bill for forest preserves and conservation district sites.
So, it was with more than a little interest that I saw on the back of my license plate renewal post card (no return envelopes anymore) that $2 had been tacked on “for state parks.”
Senate Bill 1566 is the culprit. You can see how folks voted below: