New BLA for Illinois


Sergeant Chris Stone

Sgt. Chris Stone grew up in Oakford, Illinois, a very small river community. He grew up in a Jon boat running bank lines on the Sangamon River. He currently enjoys canoeing and fishing from his jon boat with his family on nearby lakes at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. 

Prior to accepting his new position as the boating law administrator this April, he was a district field supervisor with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “The best job an officer can have is out in the field working wildlife, parks and boating enforcement,” Sgt. Stone added. He says he is always pushing himself to do more and looking for ways to make his agency better instead of complaining about it. “One day I woke up and discovered that I was one of the old guys with new faces looking to me for answers. Now I am the new BLA,” he said.

As the new BLA, he looks forward to finding new ways to improve or streamline the DNR’s registration/titling process and revamping Illinois Boat Registration Act. He also looks forward to promoting safe boating through education and enforcement.

“Most of my free time is devoted to chauffeuring my 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son to and from their sporting commitments,” said Sgt. Stone. He is also involved with his local Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club. 

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