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.
Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention in Florida will finally get down to party business today.
When the GOP canceled most activities Monday due to Tropical Storm Isaac, delegates and politicos had plenty of time for speculation about another election … the election for Illinois governor in 2014.
Though Hurricane Isaac successfully delayed the official start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday, the spirit and excitement of the delegates attending the convention has not been dampened.
Some Republicans already may be thinking a couple of years beyond the event.
Illinois has recorded its second death this year related to the West Nile virus. Public health officials say the victim is a 64-year-old man from Elgin. The longtime village president of Lombard also died last week from complications of the virus.
The Whiteside County portion of a proposed wind farm near Deer Grove won approval Tuesday from the county board, while the Ogle County Board okayed a special-use permit for a wind farm near Baileyville.
Subject to conditions, Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power can build seven turbines in far southeastern Whiteside County. The board also approved two others, but officials said those need to get the nod from the Deer Grove village board.
Illinois health officials are urging anyone with cantaloupes to inspect them following an outbreak of 17 cases identified in the state in 11 counties. Eight of the people are hospitalized.
Tainted cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana is the suspected source of the outbreak that has so far affected more than 140 people from 20 states. Symptoms of the illness include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Cases go back as far as July 7.