Illinois May Be Emerging As One of America’s Environmental Leadership States. The seemingly sudden passage of several mega-measures by the Illinois General Assembly in the final days of the spring legislative session undoubtedly surprised many Illinoisans who learned that, over the first weekend of summer, the legislature legalized recreational cannabis use, expanded gaming, launched a long… Continue reading The Dawn of a Bold New Era in Illinois?
Category: Wild Illinois
Posts relating to conservation issues for the Shawnee, Hackmatack, wetlands and DNR.
Celebrate Illinois Pollinator Week with Sierra Club!
Teams of Sierrans throughout Illinois have been as busy as bees working to improve habitat for all pollinator- bees, birds and butterflies.
Debunking Myths and Taking Action to Stop Asian Carp
Invasive Asian carp are an urgent threat to the health of the Great Lakes, and the people and economies that depend on the lakes and their resources. The Sierra Club and its partners have long advocated for a comprehensive solution to the risk of these fish invading the Great Lakes, along with the other… Continue reading Debunking Myths and Taking Action to Stop Asian Carp
Bill to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitat Passes in Senate Today
This year Illinois Sierra Club worked with, Representative Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) and Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), to pass two important pieces of legislation aimed at helping the monarch butterfly. Back during the spring session, HB2568, designating milkweed as the state wildflower, passed both chambers and was signed into law in August. Also during the spring… Continue reading Bill to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitat Passes in Senate Today
Time for a time-out on massive warehouse and distribution centers in Will County until a plan is in place that protects our communities
Residents of Will County strongly urge a moratorium be placed on the annexation and zoning for new warehouses and distribution centers in Village and City jurisdictions of Will County until Will County completes a comprehensive land use and transportation plan. Building on the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan’s emphasis on protecting quality of… Continue reading Time for a time-out on massive warehouse and distribution centers in Will County until a plan is in place that protects our communities
Your car can be more than a pumpkin holder.
It may only be October, but now is a great time to donate your vehicle. When you donate a vehicle that you no longer need or use, your generous donation will not only support Illinois Sierra Club, but you can also benefit from the donation too! When you donate your car, truck or boat to… Continue reading Your car can be more than a pumpkin holder.
Asian Carp Advance On Lake Michigan; Trump Halts Project to Stop Them, Threatens To Cut Off All Great Lakes Funds
Yesterday an invasive adult silver carp was caught within nine miles of Lake Michigan in the Calumet River. The 8-pound fish was captured in a gill net by a commercial fisherman working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) as part of their seasonal intensive monitoring program… Continue reading Asian Carp Advance On Lake Michigan; Trump Halts Project to Stop Them, Threatens To Cut Off All Great Lakes Funds
Spring & Summer Pollinator Events In Illinois
Wed 5/17/17 Weed (the verb) and Wine at the EVG Garden Eagle View Group (IL) Sat 6/10/17 Churchill Woods/Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve Service Event River Prairie Group Sat 5/20/17 Pollinator Family Day Heart Of Illinois Group Sat 5/20/17 Spring Valley Native Plant Planting Project NW Cook County Group Sun 6/09/17 Gardening for Butterflies and Hummingbirds… Continue reading Spring & Summer Pollinator Events In Illinois
Reviving the Everglades of the North
January 26, 2017 The Kankakee River Basin lies just south of Chicago in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. The Basin was once considered among the most important freshwater ecosystems in the world. Dubbed The Everglades of North, it had some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet and was known as Chicago’s food pantry.… Continue reading Reviving the Everglades of the North
Shawnee Parkway — New Name for a Decades-old Proposal in far Southern Illinois
Sierra Club is opposed to the Shawnee Parkway, a proposed multi-lane, high-speed highway to facilitate the trucking industry through a portion of southernmost Illinois. The negative impacts to the environment far outweigh any perceived advantages. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has invited the public to review and comment on the draft Purpose and Need… Continue reading Shawnee Parkway — New Name for a Decades-old Proposal in far Southern Illinois