Federal grant will advance electric, natural gas options on I-80

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 2, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that Illinois is receiving federal funds to boost infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles on Interstate 80. The grant, which will target electric vehicles and vehicles that run on natural gas, is part of a … Read more

IDNR announces grant funding opportunities schedule

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 24, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) have announced anticipated application deadlines for competitive grant programs for Illinois Fiscal Year 2020. Grant program goals vary by program and include natural resource protection, management, and … Read more

Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts 5 guided nature walks to celebrate 25 Illinois Nature Preserves

information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County BURNHAM, Ill. (October 23, 2019) – In honor of the dedication of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 25th nature preserve, the public is invited to attend guided walks at five of the Forest Preserves’ Illinois Nature Preserves. Busse Forest Nature Preserve is one of the … Read more

Illinois EPA launches annual environmental education competition for fifth- and sixth-grade students

Agency encourages youth creativity and involvement information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 17, 2019) – Fifth- and sixth-grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year’s Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s contest theme is “Algae: … Read more

Lansing Garden Club installs pollinator gardens behind Eisenhower Fitness Center

by Carrie Steinweg LANSING, Ill. (October 1, 2019) – Tucked away behind the Eisenhower Fitness Center in Lansing is the Mildred Burt Nature Center, a little natural haven that got a recent makeover by the Lansing Garden Club. It has been decades since Lansing had an official garden club, and a new group was established … Read more

Endangered Species Protection Board to conduct public hearing on proposed list changes

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 26, 2019) – The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) headquarters in Springfield. The hearing … Read more

Tons of tires removed in five counties

Illinois EPA completes Used Tire Removal Actions in northern Illinois information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 7, 2019) – “We are proud of our ongoing work with these communities to remove the hazards that can be found with discarded used tires,” said Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim as he … Read more

Recent reports of canine deaths raise awareness of blue-green algae

information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 18, 2019) – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding residents to exercise caution if they are planning activities on Illinois waterways, including lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. During summer months, water conditions are ideal for blue-green algae growth … Read more