Illinois Department of Natural Resources

State News
11:37 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Il hunters donating part of their deer harvest

Some Illinois hunters are helping needy families by donating at least part of their deer harvest. It's done through Sportsmen Against Hunger. The program is sponsored by the state's Department of Natural Resources.

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State News
4:16 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Avoid deer-vehicle accidents in November

Deer-vehicle accidents in Illinois continue to decline.  Deer can be more than a nuisance. They can be dangerous when they venture on to roads.   

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State News
3:58 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fracking Rules Action Delayed; Could Be A Sign Of Revision

It will be at least another month before legislators take up regulations of hydraulic fracturing. A bipartisan panel Tuesday voted to spend more time reviewing, and potentially rewriting them.

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State News
4:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Illinois publishes guidelines for fracking

Drillers and environmentalists alike have been waiting for Illinois to come out with its guidelines for "fracking."  The state's Department of Natural Resources finally published its draft today.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:56 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Peoria Upper Island now complete

A nearly nine-million dollar project to help reduce sedimentation and restore the aquatic habitats along the Illinois River is complete.

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State News
3:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Still no rules for fracking in Illinois

Credit David Gilky/NPR


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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