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A Cabot Oil and Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site on January 18, 2012 in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, stimulates gas production by injecting wells with high volumes of chemical-laced water in order to free-up pockets of natural gas below. The process is controversial with critics saying it could poison water supplies, while the natural-gas industry says it's been used safely for decades. While New York State has yet to decide whether to allow fracking, economically struggling Binghamton has passed a drilling ban which prohibits any exploration or extraction of natural gas in the city for the next two years. The Marcellus Shale Gas Feld extends through parts of New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and could hold up to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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.

08/29/2014

An alligator snapping turtle raised by Illinois students, and later released in a nature preserve in southern Illinois. (Credit: Diaz Media)

Whitney Young Students Help Raise, Release Snapping Turtles

Whitney 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.

07/25/2014

A black bear was seen in DeKalb County and appears to have moved on to Ogle County. (DeKalb County Sheriff)

Wandering Black Bear Could Be Headed Back To Wisconsin

Chris 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.

06/16/2014

Channel Catfish (Credit: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

30,000 Catfish Being Released Into Chicago River

The 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.

06/10/2014

(File photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

State Official Resigns After Going Fishing On Sick Leave

A 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.

02/14/2014

A sailboat left docked at Belmont Harbor at the end of the sailing season in 2013 has become frozen in the icy harbor. (Credit: CBS)

Lone Sailboat Still Docked In Frozen Belmont Harbor

A 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.

01/17/2014

The Harley-Clarke Mansion, near Lighthouse Landing Park in Evanston. (Credit: Facebook)

New Plan Would Turn Historic Mansion Into Offices, Education Center

Roughly 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.

01/16/2014

The Fox River in Geneva, Ill. (CBS)

State Bans Boating On Much Of Fox River

Because 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.

07/01/2013

Three Asian carp pulled out of the Humboldt Park lagoon have been placed in the invasive species exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM Newsradio)

Shedd Aquarium Adds Asian Carp To Invasive Species Display

Biologists 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.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2012

Skunk

Skunks Making A Big Stink In Northeastern Illinois

Skunks – it’s what the stink’s all about. In the northern suburbs – skunks are making a big stink.

CBS 2–10/16/2012

(File Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Train Engineer Spots Black Bear Near Wisconsin Border

It’s something you might expect to see in Montana – or even in northern Wisconsin, but a black bear in Illinois? A locomotive engineer says he’s sure he saw one last Tuesday.

09/17/2012

Drought

State Officials Say It’s Time To Pray For Rain

All of Illinois is now officially in a drought, and state officials are looking to the heavens for some intervention.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2012

Asian Carp caught from the Illinois River on Sept. 22, 2011. (Credit: Bob Roberts, WBBM)

Taste Of Chicago To Serve Up Free Asian Carp Sliders On Wednesday

You know them as the invasive species trying to enter Lake Michigan, but one Taste of Chicago booth could get you to think differently about Asian Carp.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2012

File Photo (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Nearly 100,000 Deer Killed During Illinois Firearm Hunting Season

There should be plenty of venison for holiday dinners this season.

WBBM Newsradio–12/08/2011

A buck that was part of an alleged poaching case in Grundy County. (Credit: Illinois Department Of Natural Resources)

Men Charged With Poaching Deer In Cook, Grundy Counties

The State’s Attorney of Grundy County southwest of Chicago has brought poaching charges against three men who allegedly killed a valuable deer on private property.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Asian Carp

State Agency Wants To Turn Asian Carp Into Foodstuff

Is the Asian carp an invasive species or a tasty delicacy?

CBS Chicago–06/09/2011