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Marc Miller was appointed director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) by Governor Pat Quinn in February 2009. Upon his arrival, Marc immediately worked to re-establish professional management and science-based decision making to the agency. He also swiftly restored communication with agency constituents, and worked with a broad-based coalition of natural resources supporters to win approval of a groundbreaking sustainable funding initiative for the IDNR.
During Director Miller’s tenure, the IDNR has developed new programs for youth involvement in outdoor activities, provided for increased public access to outdoor recreation opportunities, and advanced natural resources and recreation-based economic development and job-creation programs.
Marc has served as Commissioner and State Delegation Chair on the Great Lakes Commission, has represented Illinois as a board member and committee chair with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, is a past president and current board member of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and serves as chairman of the board of the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
He has received numerous conservation and natural resources awards from organizations including the Illinois Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park, United Bowhunters of Illinois, Migratory Waterfowl Hunters, Inc., and Friends of the Fox River.
The Mattoon, Illinois native received his B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University and his M.A. in Environmental Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Prior to joining the IDNR, Director Miller was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. Marc has also served as Watershed Organizer for Prairie Rivers Network, and served as a research and production intern with CNN TV’s Environmental Unit in 1995 and as an intern/volunteer for the Illinois Environmental Council in the early 1990’s.
As an avid sportsman and conservationist, Marc enjoys Illinois’ outdoors heritage. When time permits, he likes to fly fish; waterfowl, upland and deer hunt; shoot sporting clays, paddle canoes, bird watch and hike.
Marc and his wife Deborah reside in Springfield.