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Natalie Phelps Finnie to lead IL Dept of Natural Resources

Natalie Phelps Finnie
State of Illinois
Natalie Phelps Finnie

The former IL State Representative got the nod from Gov. JB Pritzker

A former southern Illinois lawmaker has been appointed the new Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Governor JB Pritzker named Natalie Phelps Finnie the Director of IDNR. Her appointment still needs State Senate confirmation.

Finnie has been Deputy Director of th agency since 2021, where she oversaw the Office of Land Management, Legislative Department, Office of Oil & Gas Management, and office of Mines and Minerals.

Before joining the IDNR, she was a State Representative in the 118th House District. Her background is in nursing.

Former WSIU Associate Director of News and Public Affairs Jennifer Fuller joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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