Illinois Department of Natural Resources http://wuis.org en Environmental Groups Call For Enforcement Of Coal Regulations http://wuis.org/post/environmental-groups-call-enforcement-coal-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Environmentalists in central Illinois are calling for tougher regulations on the coal industry. They say coal companies are using land to profit, then leaving residents with a mess.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Director of the Sierra Club's Illinois Chapter Jack Darin acknowledges the regulations the state already has in place. He says the problem is Illinois' lax enforcement of those laws against coal companies.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:57:58 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22238 at http://wuis.org Environmental Groups Call For Enforcement Of Coal Regulations Bobcat Hunting Measure Passes House http://wuis.org/post/bobcat-hunting-measure-passes-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Hunters and trappers could harvest bobcats, under a measure that got approval from the Illinois House.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hunting bobcats has been illegal in Illinois for decades.</span></p><p>But now that Department of Natural Resources numbers show the population growing, especially in southern and western parts of the state, Rep. Wayne Rosenthal wants that ban lifted.</p><p>His plan passed the House 91 to 20. Rosenthal, a Republican from Morrisonville, says his critics ask:</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:49:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21850 at http://wuis.org Bobcat Hunting Measure Passes House Will Cougars, Black Bears And Gray Wolves Be Protected In Illinois? http://wuis.org/post/will-cougars-black-bears-and-gray-wolves-be-protected-illinois <p>The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources wants to add black bears, gray wolves and cougars to the state's list of protected species. But there is disagreement on how much protection should be given when there is a safety concern.</p><p>On November 20, 2013, a family near Morrison, Ill. asked state conservation police officers to<a href="http://wuis.org/post/cougar-under-corn-crib-dnr-says-landowners-called-shots"> kill a cougar </a>found hiding under a building on their land.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:00:17 +0000 Peter Gray 21635 at http://wuis.org Will Cougars, Black Bears And Gray Wolves Be Protected In Illinois? Wolves Could Be Slowly Moving Back Into Illinois http://wuis.org/post/wolves-could-be-slowly-moving-back-illinois <p>A modest but perceptible uptick in the number of wolves roaming in from Wisconsin has forced Illinois to begin considering the possibility that permanent wolf populations could take hold. &nbsp;</p><p>Illinois' wolves were hunted to extinction 150 years ago. But since a first confirmed sighting in 2002, wolf sightings have gone from rare to regular. There have been at least five the last three years. &nbsp;<br />Nearly all are thought to have come from Wisconsin, which has more than 800 wolves. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 16168 at http://wuis.org Wolves Could Be Slowly Moving Back Into Illinois Conservation Officer Shoots Driver At Traffic Stop http://wuis.org/post/conservation-officer-shoots-driver-traffic-stop <p>UPDATE: Authorities say a 30-year-old Ohio man was shot and killed after he allegedly pinned an Illinois State Police trooper with his vehicle during a traffic stop. &nbsp;</p><p>He was identified as Shane David Cataline of Toledo, Ohio. Illinois State Police said an autopsy was conducted Saturday. The results were not immediately available. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:10:51 +0000 Associated Press 13605 at http://wuis.org Conservation Officer Shoots Driver At Traffic Stop Cougar Under The Corn Crib: DNR Says Landowners Called The Shots http://wuis.org/post/cougar-under-corn-crib-dnr-says-landowners-called-shots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dept. of Natural Resources employees have discussed adding cougars to the list of protected species in Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But in a phone interview with WUIS, IDNR&nbsp;spokesman Tim Schweizer&nbsp;said currently "it’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> up to the landowner” to decide whether a potentially threatening animal should be put down. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:07:24 +0000 Peter Gray 13492 at http://wuis.org Cougar Under The Corn Crib: DNR Says Landowners Called The Shots IDNR: Fracking At Least A Year Away In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/idnr-fracking-least-year-away-illinois <p>Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. &nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1aG4YUf ) new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete. &nbsp;</p><p>That's according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;<br />But Miller says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect comments. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:44:25 +0000 Associated Press 13001 at http://wuis.org IDNR: Fracking At Least A Year Away In Illinois Lipinski Wants Quarry Blast Investigated http://wuis.org/post/lipinski-wants-quarry-blast-investigated <p>U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has asked for a federal investigation into a quarry blast this week in suburban Chicago.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Lipinski has asked the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to investigate the blast. It happened Monday at a company in McCook. &nbsp;</p><p>The congressman says he was in his Western Springs kitchen when his house shook for five seconds. &nbsp;<br />Lipinski says he wants to know if any laws or regulations were violated. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:44:57 +0000 Associated Press 12522 at http://wuis.org Lipinski Wants Quarry Blast Investigated Prehistoric Fish Gets Second Chance In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/prehistoric-fish-gets-second-chance-illinois <p>A fearsome fish whose roots date back 120 million years is getting a second chance in Illinois waterways. &nbsp;<br />The alligator gar had been found as far north as Beardstown within the past century. But the last known catch was in 1966 in Cairo and Illinois officials declared in 1994 that it no longer swam state rivers. &nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal Register reports Sunday that&#39;s changed in recent years with efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the predator that has inhabited the Mississippi River for three million years. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:14:42 +0000 Associated Press 9981 at http://wuis.org Prehistoric Fish Gets Second Chance In Illinois ATV Riders Will Begin Paying Registration Fee http://wuis.org/post/atv-riders-will-begin-paying-registration-fee <p>Owners of all-terrain vehicles in Illinois will be paying a bit more for having the off-road conveyance.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:10:20 +0000 Associated Press 9669 at http://wuis.org ATV Riders Will Begin Paying Registration Fee State Parks Seeing License Plate Money http://wuis.org/post/state-parks-seeing-license-plate-money <p>Illinois state parks are starting to see money from a $2 surcharge on Illinois license plate renewals. &nbsp;<br>The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports (http://bit.ly/1czFIoL) that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is using the money to reduce a $750 million maintenance backlog. Motorists had to start paying the surcharge this year after last year's DNR Sustainability Bill was approved. &nbsp; Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:01:03 +0000 Sean Crawford 7056 at http://wuis.org State Parks Seeing License Plate Money