Starved Rock Hosts Bald Eagle Observation Event

Jan 23, 2015
Starved Rock State Park


Thousands of visitors are expected this weekend to try to catch a glimpse of bald eagles in their natural habitat near Starved Rock State Park.

Kevin Ewbank, a park ranger with the US Army Corps of Engineers, says the national bird migrates this time of year to unfrozen bodies of water like the bottom of the dam at the Illinois Waterway near the state park.

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There's a new plan for improving the health of the Great Lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency released its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's action plan today at a meeting of the region's mayors in Chicago. 

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

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The proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill is now in the hands of three appellate court judges.


A new law is making it tougher for dry cleaners to use a carcinogenic chemical that has been found in groundwater.

Illinois officials are trying to combat the spread of gypsy moths responsible for weakening and killing trees in northern areas of the state.  The department uses federal funds to spray bacteria and in some cases...pheremones to confuse the male moths during mating. Nancy Williams with the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the program is not intended to kill off all of the moths, but to at least slow their spread.