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

Avian Wildlife Rehabilitator Kat Podgorski to speak on swifts

Wednesday, October 17, 6:30pm information provided by the Lansing Public Library LANSING, Ill. (September 19, 2018) – As part of the Lansing Public Library’s ongoing series of educational presentations, Lansing resident Kat Podgorski will speak about chimney swifts. Podgorski is an Avian Wildlife Rehabilitator and a former teacher at Memorial Junior High School. Her presentation … Read more

Illinois EPA authorizes use of closed landfill for solar project

information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 27, 2018) – Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina announced the issuance of a supplemental permit allowing for the installation and operation of a 2.43 megawatt ground mounted community solar array system atop Zion Municipal Landfill 2, a closed municipal solid waste landfill. This is … Read more

Nearly 100 Cook County youth participate in summer jobs program

Internships offer introduction to opportunities in environmental law, environmental advocacy, wildlife biology, forestry, and more information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County COOK COUNTY, Ill. (July 27, 2018) – Thanks to a partnership between the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, and the Housing Authority of Cook County, 84 … Read more