Department of Natural Resources en Legislation Targets Conservation Police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of lawmakers is challenging the broad powers enjoyed by Illinois' conservation police officers. At issue is whether the officers can operate on private land without a warrant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois law lets conservation police enter "all lands and waters" to enforce the Wildlife Code. The idea is, even if you have a huge private forest, you’re not allowed to, say, shoot a deer out of season.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 20048 at Legislation Targets Conservation Police Illinois To Limit Deer Hunting Permits <p>Efforts to reduce the number of deer in Illinois have been so successful that the state plans to reduce the number of hunting permits this year.</p><p>Illinois already met its goal of reducing the deer population statewide a few years ago. But some counties still had herds deemed problematic — causing car accidents and crop damage.</p><p>Now, in more than 40 counties, officials at the Department of Natural Resources want to see the <a href="">number of deer go up</a> by anywhere from one to 29 percent.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:40:13 +0000 Brian Mackey 18950 at Illinois To Limit Deer Hunting Permits Thoughts On Fracking? Illinois Wants To Hear From You <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois took another step Friday toward allowing hydraulic fracturing, or </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The state has published draft rules on the controversial oil and gas extraction process, and it's looking for comments from the public.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in the spring, lawmakers touted Illinois' </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> law as the toughest in the country. It was the product of long negotiations between environmentalists and business groups.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:07:38 +0000 Brian Mackey 13160 at Thoughts On Fracking? Illinois Wants To Hear From You DNR Opens Fracking Registration <p>Illinois is a ways off from allowing oil and gas drillers to begin &quot;fracking&quot; but companies that are interested can begin the paperwork.</p><p>Environmentalists lost their fight to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Lawmakers instead decided to open Illinois to a practice that&#39;s been an economic boon in other states.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:38:06 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10242 at DNR Opens Fracking Registration