Illinois Department of Natural Resources

State News
2:07 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Bobcat hunting in Illinois receives Senate approval

A measure that would allow hunting bobcats in Illinois has won Senate approval. The legislation sponsored by Carlinville Republican Sen. Sam McCann would allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue as many as 200 permits a year to keep the animal's population in check.  It was approved 32-17. 

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State News
4:32 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Bill to allow bobcat hunting advances to full Senate

A second attempt to establish a bobcat-hunting season in Illinois is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote.

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State News
2:42 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Illinois, railroad reach settlement in 2009 fish kill

A railroad company has agreed to pay $570,000 to help settle claims over a 2009 derailment that spilled ethanol and killed tens of thousands of fish in northern Illinois.

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State News
5:46 am
Thu March 5, 2015

New season for hunting licenses starts April 1

Illinois officials are reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to renew their state licenses. The new license year begins April 1 for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

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State News
10:42 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Illinois hires firm to evaluate shuttered Eagle Creek Resort

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Documents show Illinois has a nearly $130,000 contract with a Chicago engineering firm to evaluate the closed, taxpayer-owned Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville.

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State News
6:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Illinois hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner

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Illinois hunters and outdoors enthusiasts see Gov. Bruce Rauner as a potential new ally in Springfield as they advocate for a number of pieces of legislation this year.  

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State News
3:30 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bourne youngest lawmaker to serve in Illinois

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Twenty-two-year-old Avery Bourne is the youngest lawmaker to serve in Illinois. 

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State News
5:54 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Illinois DNR announces 2015 wing shooting clinics

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is offering 32 wing shooting clinics across the state this year.

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State News
5:04 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Illinois natural resources director touts experience

 The new director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says his farming and military experience will help make for a smooth transition.

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State News
6:57 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Illinois 'fracking' off to slow start amid oil-price slump

Fracking is off to a feeble start in Illinois as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests waiting on the sidelines.

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State News
11:59 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Illinois hunters take less deer during 2014-15 seasons

Illinois hunters harvested about 2 percent fewer deer this season compared to last season.

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State News
1:23 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

State senator wants to reintroduce bobcat hunting proposal

A state senator is still smarting from Governor Pat Quinn's last minute veto of a proposal to once again allow bobcat hunting in Illinois. Carlinville Republican Sam McCann says he's going to reintroduce the bill now that Quinn's out of office.

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State News
6:51 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Illinois fracking registration off to slow start

Two months since Illinois enacted rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, no company has applied for a state permit to put hydraulic fracturing to use.

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State News
6:26 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Quinn vetoes bill to allow bobcat hunting in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have allowed bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in more than 40 years.

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State News
5:37 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Milestone in osprey program as birds migrate

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Osprey that are part of an initiative to reintroduce the fish-eating hawks in Illinois have flown south for the winter.

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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

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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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Environment
3:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Black bear spotted in Illinois

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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.