IDNR reminds residents to leave young wildlife alone during breeding season

Found babies are not necessarily abandoned information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 19, 2019) – Spring is a busy breeding season for wildlife, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds Illinois citizens not to bother or handle baby birds and other young wild animals. Wildlife biologists are … Read more

March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month

information provided by Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 4, 2019) – As a record number of tornado outbreaks in December clearly demonstrated, severe weather can happen at any time of the year. To help people better prepare for weather emergencies, IEMA and local emergency management agencies will be promoting Severe Weather Preparedness Month … Read more

Governor Pritzker announces $28.9 million in grants for 89 local park projects throughout Illinois

Sand Ridge, Shabbona Woods, and Green Lake included among recipients information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 7, 2019) – Governor JB Pritzker announced this week that $28.9 million in grants will be provided for 89 local projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities … Read more

Dresden Nuclear Power Station to help prevent ice jams, flash floods in Kankakee River

IEPA, IEMA plan involves discharging water from cooling ponds information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 2, 2019) — In an effort to help address recent ice jams, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, is working with Exelon Corporation and the Will County Emergency … Read more

Illinois 2018-19 deer hunting seasons result in preliminary harvest of 151,577 deer

Archers, youth, and muzzleloaders contribute to totals information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 28, 2019) – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 151,577 deer during all 2018-19 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on January 20. This total is slightly higher than the total harvest for all … Read more

Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau releases 2019 Visitors Guide

by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (January 28, 2019) – Last week, the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CSCVB) announced the release of the 2019 Visitors Guide. The 88-page guide is filled with activities, events, and venues that attract visitors to the Chicago Southland, including getaway ideas, interactive fun for kids, nature centers, and more. … Read more

Gov. Pritzker underscores commitment to parks and recreation at IAPD Conference

information provided by the Office of the Governor CHICAGO, Ill. (January 27, 2019) — Governor JB Pritzker addressed the Illinois Association of Park Districts at their annual conference on January 25, highlighting the important role the parks and recreation centers play in contributing to our state’s economy and improving the quality of life of people … Read more