Re-enactors portray 1600s through Civil War during annual Settlers’ Day

Sunday, November 18 event to include living history demonstrations, history hikes information provided by Forest Preserves of Cook County SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (November 15, 2018) – Through stories told by living history demonstrations, encampments, performances, and other interactive activities, visitors to Sand Ridge Nature Center can experience the history of America during the 46th Annual … Read more

EHD outbreak in Illinois claims more than 400 deer

432 EHD reported cases from 49 counties so far in 2018 information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 3, 2018) – As of October 29, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has received reports of 432 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in … Read more

New Date for Opening Day of Forest Preserves of Cook County permit sales

November 15: Picnic and special event permits available online and in person information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County COOK COUNTY, Ill. (November 3, 2018) – For the first time, Forest Preserves of Cook County picnic and special event permit sales for the upcoming year begins on Thursday, November 15, 2018, nearly seven … Read more

Governor announces expansion of Starved Rock, Matthiessen state parks

State acquires 2,629 acres of open space from Lone Star Industries information provided by the Office of the Governor OGLESBY, Ill. (October 26, 2018) — Governor Bruce Rauner announced yesterday the state has acquired 2,629 acres of property in LaSalle County to protect natural resources and expand recreation opportunities, tourism, and economic development near Starved … Read more

Governor Rauner announces $1.5 million in Recreational Trails Program grants

information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 15, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced nearly $1.6 million dollars has been awarded for recreational trail development projects in 11 Illinois communities, helping them meet the growing demand for improved trails and outdoor recreation facilities. “These projects will help provide safe places … Read more