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Lansing trail hoped to connect Pennsy Greenway and Thorn Creek Trail

Engineering work to begin on 2.4-mile bike trail in south Lansing By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 19, 2020) – The Village of Lansing has received...

Work continues on Calumet City riverwalk and canoe launch

By George Grenchik, with information from Calumet City CALUMET CITY, Ill. (October 28, 2020) – Work is underway to clear space for a canoe and...

Lansing green thumb named “State Outstanding Master Gardener”

Information provided by the University of Illinois Extension LANSING, Ill. (October 9, 2020) – Two Cook County south suburban residents were honored for their commitment...

October begins peak season for deer-car crashes

IDOT, IDNR remind motorists, "Don’t veer for deer" information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October...

Illinois departments sign Monarch Action Plan to protect pollinators

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 25, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and...

Illinois fall trout season opens October 17

Statewide trout fishing to open, Forest Preserves of Cook County has not made a decision yet Information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD,...

Unexpected, rare plants returning to recently restored Cook County forest preserves

Information provided by Forest Preserves of Cook County RIVER FOREST, Ill. (September 10, 2020) – Ecologists at the Forest Preserves of Cook County have gotten...

New Chimney Swift tower at Mildred Burt Nature Center hoped to be a new home for migratory birds

15-foot chimney-like tower most recent among many projects at the nature center By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 3, 2020) – The Mildred Burt Nature Center...

Main areas, trails at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks closed due to storm damage

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 14, 2020) – Following severe weather that included heavy rains and 80 to...

Helmets and face masks required for Wolf Lake Labor Day Bike Ride

Registration deadline August 28 for ride on Monday, September 7, 8:30am information provided by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative HAMMOND, Ind. (August 11, 2020)...

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau launches new Trails App

by Katie Arvia LANSING, Ill. (August 9, 2020) – The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CSCVB) has launched the brand-new Chicago Southland Trails App....

IDOT’s post-monarch mowing season runs July 1–August 15

Motorists urged to stay alert and slow down when encountering crews information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 9, 2020) – The...

Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Park closures expected during holiday weekend

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 2, 2020) – Heading into a busy holiday weekend, Illinois Department of Natural...

Air Pollution Action Day Alert issued for Chicago area for July 2

Conditions expected to extend through holiday weekend and coming week information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency CHICAGO, Ill. (July 1, 2020) – The Illinois...

Cook County Forest Preserves opens more in Phase 4

From picnic permits to the Swallow Cliff Stairs, options return for visitors over the next few weeks information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook...