A peregrine falcon takes a protective stance over one of her two chicks on the balcony of a 25th floor apartment on Chicago's Michigan Ave., May 14, 2002. Eleven pairs of wild breeding peregrines live in Illinois in 2003, and are among the anima

(Photo: AP Photo/Charles Bennett)

September 21, 2015

Endangered Species Board Itself Threatened

An email from the then-Director of the Illinois Endangered Species Board earlier this month was sudden and direct. "Funding is being eliminated" and won't be reinstated any time in the foreseeable future,” it read. The email had been sent one of her last days on the job.


A close-up photo of the emerald ash borer

(Wikimedia Commons)

September 07, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Claiming More Ash Trees

As the Emerald Ash Borer population continues to grow in Champaign-Urbana, the area could lose up to 90 percent of its ash trees.


Flooding in Des Plaines

(Photo: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

July 27, 2015

Urban Flooding A Big Problem In Illinois

Urban flooding is most notable for flooded streets and flooded basements, especially due to storm sewer backups.   This type of flooding occurs in all of the counties in Illinois and usually happens in older sections of town where the infrastructure is old and also in subdivisions that were built in the 1950's and 1960's.


A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.


Indian Farm

Courtesy of Alan Guebert

July 17, 2015

Agriculture Will Return To ‘The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey”

Alan Guebert has written a syndicated newspaper column about agriculture for about 20 years. Several of those columns have recounted what life was like on the “Southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth” – near St. Louis – and the beloved great uncle who came to “help.” At his daughter’s suggestion, the two of them have gathered those stories into a book, The Land of Milk And Uncle Honey. 


Muncie Farm in Danville with several inches of standing water. Danville received 12.78 inches of rain in June

(Photo: Darrell Hoemann)

June 30, 2015

June Is The Fourth Wettest Month On Record

There was no shortage of rain this month, but rather a shortage of drainage solutions. Collectively, Illinois received 8.9 inches of rainfall in June making it the wettest June on record and the fourth wettest month in the state's history according to records dating back to 1895. Currently, the wettest month on record happened in September of 1926 when 9.26 inches of rainfall fell over Illinois.


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