New Report Details Urban Flooding Problems In IllinoisUrban flooding in Illinois is most common in older parts of towns and has been made worse by urbanization and changes in climate, according to a new state report.
Industry To Seek Changes In 'Fracking' RulesSupporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.
State Agency Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan Friday to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient.
Whitney Young Students Help Raise, Release Snapping TurtlesWhitney Young Magnet High School students had their hands full in southern Illinois on Friday, as they helped release endangered turtles students from across the state had adopted and raised for seven months.
Wandering Black Bear Could Be Headed Back To WisconsinChris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said it appears the bear is making a loop -- down from Wisconsin; through Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle counties; then apparently back northwest.
30,000 Catfish Being Released Into Chicago RiverThe improving water quality of the Chicago River has experts hopeful that 30,000 Channel catfish being released into the river on Tuesday will have a good chance of survival.
State Official Resigns After Going Fishing On Sick LeaveA top administrator at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has resigned because the agency says he violated rules by participating in professional fishing tournaments while on sick leave last summer.
Lone Sailboat Still Docked In Frozen Belmont HarborA sailboat left floating at the dock at the end of last season is now frozen in the ice-covered water, a curiosity to local ice fishermen, and people who pass by on the lakefront path.
New Plan Would Turn Historic Mansion Into Offices, Education CenterRoughly 100 Evanston residents Wednesday night applauded a proposal to lease a historic mansion on Evanston’s lakefront to the state’s coastal management program for its offices and an education center.
State Bans Boating On Much Of Fox RiverBecause of high and fast-running water caused by last week’s storms, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and its Conservation Police have banned boating along the Fox River between the dam at McHenry and the dam at Montgomery.
Shedd Aquarium Adds Asian Carp To Invasive Species DisplayBiologists at the Shedd Aquarium were hoping the addition of three Asian bighead carp to the Invasive Species exhibit would persuade visitors to help keep the voracious fish out of Lake Michigan.
Skunks Making A Big Stink In Northeastern IllinoisSkunks – it’s what the stink's all about. In the northern suburbs – skunks are making a big stink.