Parts of Cakokia Mounds to close for $5M improvement project

COLLINSVILLE — Portions of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in southern Illinois will close March 1 as work begins on a $5 million improvement project. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the work is expected to take about one year. It will include replacing the roof, lighting and fire suppression and security systems […]

Chronic Wasting stations open for deer season this year

SPRINGFIELD — Hunters heading out for firearm deer season in counties where chronic wasting disease has been detected need to know that deer check stations will be open again this year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources uses the stations to monitor CWD in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston, […]

Attention leaf peepers: Illinois releases Fall Color Report

SPRINGFIELD — Anyone looking for the best place to take in the fall foliage can now check out Illinois’ Fall Color Report. The newly released guide to peak times for spotting leaves turning color across Illinois is updated weekly. As of late September, the color report says the peak time for fall foliage will be […]

Illinois To Open Reservations For Controlled Pheasant Hunt

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are set to begin accepting permit reservations for the pheasant hunting season. The online reservation systems opens Monday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will run 16 hunting sites and 2 additional sites will be run by a private company. On the department-run sites, daily permit fees are $30 for in-state […]

Conservationists Start Project Restoring Some Of Central Illinois’ Native Prairie

DECATUR – Workers cut down a large tree at Rock Springs Conservation Area in southwest Decatur. They’re clearing invasive tree species to make way for re-seeding something that is now rare in Illinois—native tallgrass prairie. Less than one-tenth of 1% of Illinois’ native prairie still exists. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois […]

What’s Closed In Illinois Due To The Virus

STATEWIDE Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered the state’s residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.-May 31. Starting May 1, there will be major modifications to the plan, click here to read about them. All schools — Gov. JB Pritkzer’s order closing all schools in the state has […]

Downtown Urbana Added To National Register of Historic Places

US Post Office, Urbana

URBANA – For decades, the people of Urbana have marveled at the architecture of the county courthouse, built in 1901, and dozens of other buildings in its downtown. Now the historic downtown district is receiving national recognition. This week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the Downtown Urbana Historic District is one of 12 […]

Dept. of Natural Resources Encourages More Plants At Solar Farms

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is encouraging owners of solar energy fields to be more pollinator-friendly. Across the planet, bees and other pollinating insect species are disappearing at an alarming rate. That’s due in part to a loss of natural habitat space to humans. Now, as part of the 2018 Pollinator-Friendly Solar Site Act, […]

News Around Illinois – November 25, 2019

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Illinois Terminal

  DOT Grant Gives MTD $17 Million For Terminal Expansion CHAMPAIGN – The largest piece of the funding pie is now in place for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Illinois Terminal expansion. That’s after the US Department of Transportation awarded the MTD a grant of more than $17-million for the project. The Illinois Terminal expansion […]