Science

Restoration Initiative
5:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Great Lakes Action Plan Adjusts For Climate Change

Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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. 

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Illinois Renewable Energy Fair
5:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can Your Town Get By With Locally Owned Renewable Energy?

Solar panels near the Rockford Airport.
Credit Frank Dyke / WNIJ

The 13th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair is this weekend at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. 

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Hydraulic Fluid Leak
10:05 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Contamination Clean-up Underway at WNIJ/WNIU

Barrels lined up behind Northern Public Radio's studios to collect contaminated water.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Cleanup crews are working to collect contamination caused by a broken elevator at Northern Public Radio’s studios in DeKalb. Anyone familiar with WNIJ and WNIU’s studios on First Street may have noticed an increasing number of containment barrels, tanks, and other equipment in the parking lot.

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Your Health
12:34 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey

Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.

That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.

For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.

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Wisconsin clinic quarantined
6:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Powder In Envelope Sends 15 to Hospitals in Beloit

15 people were hospitalized and dozens of others detained after an envelope containing powder was delivered to a Beloit health clinic.

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5000 Years Of Corn in Peru
2:56 am
Mon March 11, 2013

New Study: Culture Can't Thrive On Fish Alone

One of the sites studied in the Peruvian research.
Credit Jonathan Haas / for NIU Today

A report led by two northern Illinois anthropologists sheds new light on a South American civilization’s origins…and its dependence on corn. 

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Fungal Meningitis
11:28 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

FDA links 133 Illinois health providers to company behind meningitis scare

The Federal Drug Administration has listed 133 medical centers in Illinois and another 81 in Wisconsin as customers of the company linked to a nation-wide outbreak of fungal meningitis

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Educating Mothers-To-Be
8:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Rallies To Make "Labor Day" Better For Moms and Babies

Signs are ready to go for Rockford's Rally for Change.
Carly Cort Schutte Improving Birth Rally For Change, Rockford

Labor Day takes on another meaning Monday in dozens of American cities. Mothers, babies, and the people who love them will lead “Improving Birth: National Rallies for Change.”

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Public comment needed
1:42 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms

Bat killed by a wind turbine on Buffalo Mountain in Tennessee
Chris M / http://www.flickr.com/photos/79666107@N00/1296634467/

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.

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Science
3:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Cantaloupes suspected in salmonella outbreak

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck
idph.state.il.us

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.

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