Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

A new poll from Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute had surprising results for environmentalists. 

The institute surveyed one thousand registered voters earlier this month, and 64% said they prioritized the environment as an issue.  In contrast, 27% said economic growth should come first.   The results took Illinois Environmental Council Director Jennifer Walling by surprise. 

"I have not seen a poll that so strongly prioritized environmental protection, so that is very interesting," she said. 

Rockford's New Hazardous Waste List

Nov 18, 2015

Starting Saturday, the Hazardous Waste Site in Rockford will no longer accept latex paint due to  changes in the hazardous waste list.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that latex paints be allowed to air-dry by leaving the lid off. You also can add absorbents, such as oil dry or cat litter to the remainder content.

The Illinois State Museum

A mysterious fungus is threatening to wipe out some isolated populations of rare rattlesnakes. 

In Illinois, the fungus infects about 15 percent of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes: it kills up to 90 percent of those that contract it. There are only about 300 of the snakes in Illinois, mostly in Clinton county. The swamp rattler has also been found in Cook, DuPage, and Will counties. It was already a candidate for the federal endangered species list before the fungus was discovered. 

DeKalb County Suspends Recycling Of Older TVs

Jul 23, 2015
Susan Stephens

DeKalb County residents will need to keep their Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions a little longer. That’s because the vendor who collects them can’t take them anymore.

The problem they’re facing is that they have taken the maximum amount of televisions and will suspend the collection until they can catch up.

Michelle Gibson is a specialist with DeKalb County Solid Waste. She says the problem is not in the recycling.  It is in the disposal of some of the components.

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.