Wayne Rosenthal was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in January 2015.
Prior to his appointment, Wayne was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2011. He also served in the Illinois Air National Guard for 30 years, retiring as a Brigadier General. During his time in the National Guard, he was responsible for a budget of $15 million and military assets worth $500 million.
Wayne lives near Morrisonville, where he has farmed since 1990. He has been a trustee on the Lincoln Land Community College Board, and a member of the Morrisonville Community Unit School District Board and the Macoupin County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
He also is an avid conservationist, creating the Wild Rural Park Hunting and Fishing Preserve, to provide opportunities for young hunters. On his farm, he uses no-tillage agricultural practices and has implemented many conservation programs as part of his efforts to restore wetlands, prairies and woodlands.
IDNR is a diverse agency, and everyone who hunts, fishes, visits a State Park, applies for a mining permit or renews a boating registration comes in contact with the agency. Director Rosenthal wants to improve customer service and communication with the IDNR’s constituents. Because IDNR can be an economic driver for the State of Illinois, Wayne wants to promote Illinois State Parks and other recreational opportunities to attract visitors from Illinois and beyond.