McCombie Calls for Input on Local Deer Issue

House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is seeking input from northwest Illinois residents on Chronic Wasting Disease and the efforts by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to combat it. CWD has affected areas within Leader McCombie’s 89th Legislative District, which includes all of Carroll and Jo Daviess, portions of: Boone, DeKalb, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties. After hearing from constituents and their concerns about DNR’s policies to address CWD, Leader McCombie is asking for more input from area residents and hunters.

“The CWD program has been considered to affect the deer population of northwest Illinois and as I continue to engage with hunters and the DNR to find a solution, I want to hear from those impacted on their ideas as to how we can move forward,” said McCombie.

The Leader has met with the state agency tasked with handling the ongoing CWD disease and is in the process of pursing legislation to find state fixes that will better accommodate constituent concerns.

“Illinois residents, especially those in my district, are very unhappy with how the DNR has managed CWD and I am determined to engage with stakeholders on both sides of the issue to be a part of a solution.”

McCombie is encouraging constituents to share their views by completing a survey: Leader McCombie Sportsmen Survey – Illinois House Republicans (

The survey will help Leader McCombie determine the next best steps on alternative management to CWD. With questions or concerns, residents can contact Leader McCombie’s office by phone at 815-291-8989.