Governor Signs Severin Measure Transferring Rend Lake Artisan Center from IDNR

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) announced today that legislation he sponsored that facilitates the transfer of possession of the Southern Illinois Arts and Artisans Building from the IDNR to the Rend Lake Conservancy District has been signed by Governor Pritzker.

Severin credited hard work and compromise between IDNR officials and the Rend Lake Conservancy district. The transfer of the Artisan center is an initiative Severin worked on for months in coordination with both IDNR and RLCD officials.

”I worked alongside IDNR and Rend Lake Conservancy District officials to get this bill to this point. It took hard work, compromise, and dedication from all parties involved,” Severin said.

Rend Lake Conservancy District will pay the State of Illinois the sum of $531,667 for the property.

Severin originally filed bill HB 5845 as a standalone measure, but the language in that bill was combined with other IDNR initiatives into HB 3823, which passed the House and Senate during the 2022 Veto Session.