Justices urge lawmakers to allow more public access to rivers

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the public has no right to boat, fish or swim in small rivers that flow across private property, but two justices are urging the General Assembly to change that law. “The legislature should redefine navigability to be more inclusive because that would promote the State’s interest […]

Northern Illinois chefs get creative with ‘Copi cakes’

ROCKFORD — Copi is the new name for an old problem in Illinois waterways. Now chefs around the state are taking a stab at making the fish formerly known as “Asian Carp” taste good. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s528/audio/2022/06/0630copif-mixdown.mp3 Listen to this story here. Dining on Copi Dom Romano is heating up the grill at The Norwegian, a west […]

‘Oppressive heat and humidity’ continues through Wednesday PM

URBANA – The National Weather Service says heat indices in Central Illinois will hover around 105-110 degrees Monday through Wednesday of this week. The NWS office in Lincoln placed Champaign, De Witt, Piatt, Sangamon, Vermilion, and many other central, east-central, and southern Illinois counties under a Heat Advisory, starting Monday at noon until Wednesday at […]

Water users urged to avoid algal blooms

URBANA – As the temperatures warm and people head out to local waterways, you are warned to avoid algal blooms. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health say you, your family, and your pets should avoid touching, swimming, inhaling, or drinking water that looks like the following: looks like spilled, green […]

How to recycle a 150-foot wind turbine blade? Haul it to Louisiana, MO

LOUISIANA, Mo. — In the small community of Louisiana, Missouri, it’s not uncommon to see what looks like massive white wings traveling down the road, strapped to flatbed tractor-trailers. Once a bustling commercial port, the historic Mississippi River town 90 miles north of St. Louis has become a hub for an unusual commodity: used wind […]

Kernza — the grain you’ve never heard of that could revolutionize farming

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s60/audio/2022/05/kernzawebaudio.mp3 The perennial grain can produce an annual crop even as it stays in the ground for up to four years. Its deep root system helps pull carbon out of the air and makes it more resistant to floods and drought. This story was produced in partnership with the Food & Environment Reporting Network Carmen […]

Farmers in the Plains are in ‘dire straits’ due to drought, wildfire conditions

Most of Illinois has had plenty of rain, but even with a few recent rains, much of the Great Plains are in a drought. Wildfires have swept across the grasslands and farmers are worried about how they’ll make it through the growing season. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s60/audio/2022/05/drought-in-plains-hpm-web2.wav Listen to this story here. Randy Uhrmacher is in his tractor, […]

Students protest University of Illinois fossil fuel investments

When the push for the University of Illinois to divest from fossil fuels began thirteen years ago, many students said they were hopeful that administrators would listen to their concerns. But students who gathered at the Alma Mater statue on Friday for an Earth Day climate strike on April 22 said they’re still fighting for […]

Rivian hires its first chief sustainability officer

Rivian is turning to someone outside the automotive industry to become its first chief sustainability officer. Anisa Kamadoli Costa officially joined Rivian on Monday. She will be responsible for the electric automaker’s sustainability roadmap for both the business and its products. Costa spent nearly two decades at Tiffany & Co., where she aligned the company’s […]

Severe weather risk downgraded for this afternoon

Illinois Public Media News is monitoring a threat of severe storms on Wednesday that is forecasted by the National Weather Service in Central Illinois and other meteorologists. Tornadoes, high winds, and large hail are possible in East Central Illinois. We will update this post with the latest forecast information. Updated Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Forecasters […]

Environmentalists take aim at Pritzker campaign ad

ROCKFORD — A recent gubernatorial ad aimed at highlighting the growth at Chicago-Rockford International Airport touched the nerve of local environmental advocates fighting to preserve an ancient prairie.   Do you know what city has the largest growing cargo airport in the world?  Listen to this story here. From the ad: “It’s right here in […]