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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

A new 3.7 million-square-foot all-natural health club started construction recently and promises free access to the 1.5 million people who live within 15 minutes of it.

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm

Illinois agency altering coal defender image

ST. LOUIS | The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.

April 04, 2014 6:00 pm

State shelves plan for ATV permits

SPRINGFIELD | A plan to require special permits for most all-terrain vehicles in Illinois has been scuttled amid concerns the program wasn't ready for prime time.

March 07, 2014 11:42 am

Fracking opponents continue call for ban

SPRINGFIELD | About a dozen opponents of hydraulic fracturing Friday marked the final day of a public comment period on the state's new fracking rules by renewing their call for a complete ban on the controversial oil and gas drilling procedure.

January 03, 2014 4:55 pm

Lynwood to employ young people at camp

LYNWOOD | The village of Lynwood is starting a pilot program to hire young people on a temporary basis thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Trustee Mckinley Dillingham said at Tuesday's board meeting.

July 10, 2013 7:15 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Fracking is here to stay in Illinois,Indiana

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fracking is here to stay in Illinois,Indiana

You may hear a lot of discussion concerning a technique more-widely used in oil and natural gas production called “fracking” -- a fairly crude nickname applied to the process known as hydraulic fracturing. The process of hydraulic fracturing involves drilling a well and seeking to recover bu…

June 23, 2013 12:00 am

New online maps show distribution of Asian carp in U.S.

Two federal and one Illinois agency on Friday announced the release of new online maps showing present data on Asian carp in Midwest waterways.

April 26, 2013 1:09 pm

Environmental activists get preview of possible future park

CHICAGO | More than two dozen people, including bird watchers and environmental activists, got a close-up look Monday of Lake Calumet, a preview of what could someday be a public attraction of the Southeast Side.

April 22, 2013 4:45 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Millennium Reserve partnership brings open space, jobs

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Millennium Reserve partnership brings open space, jobs

In a time of limited budgets at the federal, state and local levels, never has the need for collaboration and partnerships been greater.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am

State to consider Sauk Village request for Lake Michigan water

CHICAGO | Sauk Village municipal officials will spend the next few months building their case to persuade the state to allow them to get their fresh water supply from Lake Michigan.

August 22, 2012 4:15 pm

Carp DNA in Lake Calumet prompts response

CHICAGO | The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee will begin intensive monitoring in Lake Calumet and surrounding areas on Monday after Asian carp DNA showed up in three consecutive rounds of sampling.

July 29, 2011 5:15 pm

Oh, deer: Open season for complaints

Deer spring across roads, fields and urban backyards, but how should Illinois deal with the deer?

May 30, 2011 9:00 am

EDITORIAL: Net results on Asian carp efforts

The federal effort to fight Asian carp includes a number of measures that don't interfere with barge traffic. That's good news for not just the Great Lakes environment but also the shipping industry.

May 30, 2011 12:00 am
Carp committee keeps pressure on fish

Carp committee keeps pressure on fish

CHICAGO | Federal and Illinois state officials outlined an updated action plan Monday to monitor and remove Asian carp from Chicago-area waterways that lead to Lake Michigan.

May 23, 2011 9:00 pm Photos


Indiana to stock Lake Michigan with brown trout

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources soon will stock Lake Michigan with 35,000 brown trout as part of an agreement with Illinois.

March 24, 2011 12:00 pm

Thousands of shad belly up in Chicago harbors

CHICAGO | The city's harbors have become a graveyard for thousands of gizzard shad after warm weather melted holes in the ice, allowing the dead fish to float to the surface.

January 15, 2011 12:00 am
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