Illinois Department of Natural Resources

State News
3:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Still no rules for fracking in Illinois

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Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing.  The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.

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State News
7:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Polar vortex may have helped mosquitoes thrive

Mosquito season is in full force. That’s something weather and nature junkies were hoping wouldn’t happen because of the polar vortex. But IPR's Mariam Sobh reports that the record cold temperatures may have just given insects a perfect breeding ground.

The colder weather delayed the development of larvae but melted snow and spring rains have given mosquitoes a comfy place to hatch.   

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Mosquitos thrive despite extreme weather

  If you’re spending any time outdoors today, you might notice that the cooler weather is doing nothing to curb the number of mosquitos.

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3:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Black bear spotted in Illinois

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Dept


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is urging residents to take precautions as a black bear makes its way across the state. The unusual appearance comes as lawmakers approved legislation that would add the bears to the state's list of protected species. 

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State News
1:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Pro-fracking groups say Quinn administration slow to draft rules

Lawmakers are giving up on an attempt to override state regulators in order to jumpstart fracking in Illinois. But as IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, they still say Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is dragging its feet on a potential economic boom.

It's been a  year since hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, was approved in Illinois. The law was hard-fought, but in the end, industry and environmental interest groups signed off.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:07 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Peoria Fire Dept. can't yet investigate whether there's a vehicle submerged in the Il River

The Peoria Fire Department says it’s still too dangerous to recover a possible vehicle submerged in the Illinois River. The city received a report of an automobile floating in the river early Saturday morning near the foot of State Street. Personnel with the city and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources later located a possible vehicle about 40 feet from the shore in nearly 25 feet of water. The Fire Department’s dive team has marked the location of the object and is continuing to monitor the site.