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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.

Just off Chicago in Lake Michigan sits an oasis of diversity - Morgan Shoal
Chicago Tribune (7/22)
Researchers have found a pocket of biodiversity on a 32-acre limestone sheet 300 feet from the Chicago shoreline.

Popular Viking ship casts off Wednesday for Chicago Tall Ship event
MLive (7/19)
The crew of the Draken Harald Hårfagre ship has announced their tour on the Great Lakes is going to continue to Chicago, Ill., after raising enough funds to cover pilotage fees.

Navy Pier turns 100: What the pier was before it became an iconic Chicago attraction
WMAQ – TV, Chicago, Ill. (7/14)
In Chicago, Ill., the iconic Navy Pier hosts a celebration Friday to mark its 100th birthday.

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.

Brutal winter lives on -- in icy lake water temperatures
The Chicago Tribune (7/15)
Chicago’s brutal winter has left a frigid legacy in Lake Michigan, where unusually chilly water is proving intimidating to swimmers, beachgoers and everyone but the salmon fishermen.

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General Resources
Great Lakes Commission
Since 1955, Illinois has been a valued member of the Great Lakes Commission.

Illinois Governor Profile
Council of Great Lakes Governors

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Illinois State Parks
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

National Park Service Units in Illinois
National Park Service

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.

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