WAYNE ROSENTHAL, CHAIRMAN

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 14, 2015. Rosenthal, from Morrisonville, has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2011. While in the House, he was assigned to a variety of legislative committees including Agriculture & Conservation; Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education; Energy; Financial Institutions, State Government Administration; Veterans' Affairs; Tax Policy and the Business Climate Sub-Committee.

Director Rosenthal has a long history of public service including 30 years of commissioned service in the Illinois Air National Guard. He retired at the rank of Brigadier General. He also serves as a trustee on the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees and has served on the Morrisonville Community Unit School District #1 Board of Education and the Macoupin County Soil & Water Conservation District Board.

Wayne graduated from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois Springfield) in 1974 with a B.A. in Mathematics.

An avid sportsman, Wayne established the Wild Rural Park Hunting and Fishing Preserve. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association; Illinois State Rifle Association; Christian County Farm Bureau; Life Member - National Guard Association of Illinois/United States; Air Force Association; American Legion Post #721; and the Knights of Columbus Council #1152.

While in the House, Wayne supported a variety of legislative initiatives important to the IDNR, including bills related to trapping regulations, reduced-price fishing and combination licenses for returning servicemen and women, firearm safety and waterfowl hunting.

Wayne and his wife Marcia have been married for more than 35 years and are the parents of three sons - Dustin, Sean and Casey.

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