Marc Miller

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Marc Miller
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Illinois Director of Natural Resources
In office
June 1, 2009 - Present
Years in position 6
Base salary$133,273
Elections and appointments
AppointedFebruary 5, 2009
Appointed byGovernor Pat Quinn (D)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEastern Illinois University (1991)
Master'sUniversity of Illinois at Springfield (1996)
Date of birthMarch 7, 1969
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Marc Miller (b. March 7, 1969) is the Director of Natural Resources in Illinois. He has served in this position since June 1, 2009.[1]


Miller worked as a watershed organizer for Prairie Rivers Network from 1999 to 2004, was an Environmental Compliance Specialist/Intern for Kal Kan Foods from 1998-2009, a research and production intern at CNN in 1995, and an intern/volunteer for the Illinois Environmental Council from 1993-1994.[2]

In 2004, Miller became Senior policy advisor to then-Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn. Miller served as liaison to the Illinois River Coordinating Council for the lieutenant governor’s office, worked on the “Mud to Parks" program, worked to secure funding for Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, helped create coordinating councils for Mississippi and Ohio and Wabash Rivers, and promoted “green infrastructure” in urban areas in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.[3]


  • Bachelor's degree, political science, Eastern Illinois University, 1991
  • Master's degree, environmental administration, University of Illinois at Springfield, 1996

Political career

Director of Natural Resources (2009-Present)

Miller has served as Illinois Director of Natural Resources since 2009.


In May 2012, Miller said he would work with sportsmen to fix problems at the Department of Natural Resources, especially the budget. Issuing a warning that the DNR was continually being squeezed out of the budget, he asked all sportsmen and sportswomen to contact their legislators and demand the situation be fixed.

Miller stated, "here is the candid reality… decades-old problems with underfund­ing the pension obligations and the growing backlog of Medicaid bills threaten every aspect of state government programs, including DNR."[4]



Miller was appointed as Illinois Director of Natural Resources by Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on February 5, 2009. “Marc Miller is an expert in managing and protecting our state’s precious natural resources and will run a very professional agency. In addition, Marc is an avid outdoorsman dedicated to promoting the public’s safe use and greater understanding of our state’s parks, waterways and other natural resources,” Quinn said.[1]

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Illinois Director of Natural Resources
June 2009 – Present
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