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

Green Infrastructure grant to help pay for additional Fox Pointe parking

Up to $250,000 to be awarded by MWRD by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (January 21, 2019) – “Whenever we have an opportunity to leverage some dollars from either our county or the national level,” said Village Administrator Dan Podgorski at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting, “we try to do so.” He reported that … Read more

Frigid temps force cancellation of Forest Preserves’ MLK Day of Service event

information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County COOK COUNTY, Ill. (January 21, 2019) – More than 100 volunteers—including youth from Hansberry College Prep High School, Lost Boyz mentorship program, Universidad Popular mentorship program, and Johnson College Prep High School—had planned to spend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day participating in restoration work at Dan … Read more

IDNR accepting grant applications

For Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 14, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced last week that applications will be accepted through March 14 for grants through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), … Read more

High school seniors can apply now for ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarships

Applications must be received by March 15, 2019 information provided by the Illinois Conservation Foundation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 12, 2019) – Applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) for the 2019 Conservation Achievement Scholarship program. The ICF annually awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who demonstrate effective, voluntary, … Read more