Do you have any ideas about protecting birds and bats from wind turbines in Illinois, Wisconsin and six other Midwestern states?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it works with the states to develop a plan for habitat conservation while promoting clean energy.
Some species of bats are particularly vulnerable to striking turbines at wind energy facilities. Fish and Wildlife representative Georgia Parham says one solution may be for wind energy companies to change how they operate turbines.
A new study says heroin use among young adults in Illinois continues to be a problem. The findings was issued this week by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. It says heroin-related treatment in Illinois emergency rooms increased 27 percent for people age 20 or younger between the years 2008 and 2010. The study says the pattern can also been seen at the national level.
Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.
NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However, the university says it is looking into whether this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.
New details have emerged regarding the recent departure of two administrators at Northern Illinois University. The school hired a Sycamore law firm to investigate unspecified allegations against the two employees. The findings were presented to the employees in July, shortly before they signed separation agreements.
The Rockford Police Department hosts its eighth Citizens Police Academy beginning September 19. The 8 week class will be held Wednesday afternoons at the city's Public Safety Building.
The course will cover such topics as community policing, recognizing drug and gang activity, crime prevention through environmental design, crime analysis, seasonal crimes/scams/ID theft, organizing and sustaining a watch group, “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” scenarios and more.
More than 125 travel journalists from around North America will visit Rockford next year as part of Travel Media Showcase 2013. The tradeshow is expected to fill approximately 1,000 hotel room nights and bring in more than $100,000 for the local economy.