First human case of West Nile Virus in Illinois for 2019

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 13, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019. A Chicago resident in his 70s became ill in late July. “Although the first human case of West … Read more

Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death found in Illinois

Symptoms discovered on host Rhododendrons and Lilacs information provided by the Illinois Department of Agriculture SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 3, 2019) – The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois. Phytophthora … Read more

Chicago area waterways show increased diversity, no signs of Asian carp

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources CHICAGO, Ill. (July 3, 2019) – “It certainly is good news to be able to report that no bighead or silver carp were found during this round of monitoring,” said Kevin Irons, co-chair of the Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Workgroup and manager of the Illinois … Read more

Governor Pritzker takes steps to assist farmers hurt by record rainfall and flooding

information provided by the Illinois Department of Agriculture SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 23, 2019) – With near-record flooding and a serious delay in the planting season, Governor JB Pritzker has convened appropriate members of his cabinet to ensure that Illinois farmers can access all available state resources, including pooling efforts and resources between the Illinois Department … Read more

South Suburban College plants pollinator garden

information provided by South Suburban College SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (June 23, 2019) – This spring, 17 South Suburban College staff, Green Club students, and their families gathered to plant a special garden just for pollinators. The pollinator garden contains flowers and herbs that will benefit butterflies, bees, and birds by providing food and nectar sources, … Read more

Flooding often means more mosquitoes

But floodwater mosquitoes typically do not carry disease information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 17, 2019) – Months of rain and flooding in Illinois have created conditions ripe for floodwater mosquitoes (Aedes vexans). Fortunately floodwater mosquitoes, often called nuisance mosquitoes, are not known to carry disease. “It is important … Read more

Preparing for flooding: tips from IEMA

River levels expected to further rise information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 1, 2019) – The National Weather Service is forecasting another round of showers and thunderstorms that could lead to urban and flash flooding, as well as further aggravate already swollen rivers, creeks throughout the state. The Illinois Emergency … Read more