What's New Viking longship captain at odds with U.S. Coast Guard Chicago Tribune (7/22) Crew of the Draken Harald Harfagre are upset after being invited to next week's Tall Ships festival at Chicago’s Navy Pier, only to be told once they arrived in U.S. waters that they could not sail on the Great Lakes without a $400-an-hour licensed pilot.
Lake plain at state border earns international designation Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/24) After more than 60 years of conservation efforts to protect 3,914 acres of uncommon plant communities, a stretch of wetlands along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and Illinois has been designated as globally rare and significant under an international treaty.
Illinois Natural History Survey The Illinois Natural History Survey web site highlights its research, educational and outreach programs, and biological collections (plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of Illinois and elsewhere) for scientists, policymakers, and the public-at-large.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Focuses on invasive species, aquaculture, fisheries, the future of communities that border southern Lake Michigan, and other issues that affect the coast through K-12 education, research and outreach projects.
State of Illinois Home Page A starting point to guide you to the many resources available from Illinois' state agencies, departments and other governmental branches, plus tourism, libraries and museums and more.
Economy Department of Commerce and Community Affairs DCCA is a diverse agency with wide ranging responsibilities, from workforce development to business financing; public infrastructure to tourism development; and creating economic opportunities to recycling and energy development.
Illinois Economic Profile Northeast-Midwest Institute The Northeast-Midwest Institute provides a variety of economic data about the state, including unemployment rate, per-capita income, gross state product, exports, government spending and demographics.
Environment Birds of Fermilab Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory This page contains information about the birds recorded on the 6,800 acre site of the Fermilab accelerator laboratory located in the far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
Illinois Birds Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Includes photos, species distribution maps and information about birds found in Illinois.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources As steward of the state's natural and cultural resources, IDNR has the responsibility to conserve, preserve and enhance Illinois' resources, while meeting the outdoor recreation needs of the state's large and diverse population.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency The mission of IEPA is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the state, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.
Illinois Natural Resources Information Network Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Provides natural resource-related information to the citizens of Illinois so that individuals and groups can make informed decisions about natural resource management and policy.
Prairies of Illinois Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois is known as the "Prairie State," part of the vast grassland in central North America. Learn about the remnants of tallgrass prairie and related flora and fauna through this series of maps, photos and historic overviews.
Upper Mississippi River (IA, IL, MN, MO) American Heritage Rivers The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, established by an Executive Order in September 1997, is a program to help communities restore and revitalize waters and waterfronts.
Wild About Birds Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) This page contains the Illinois Birds Education Kit along with an inventory of Illinois bird species and the live action bird cam at a feeder in central Illinois.
Tourism The Great Lakes Circle Tour Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.
Enjoy Illinois Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs Plan your next Illinois weekend getaway from this web site.
The Lighthouses of Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois Seeing The Light Join lighthouse buffs Terry and Sue Pepper on a voyage of discovery around the Great Lakes and through history. This site features extensive photography, research and observations of the lights.