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What's New
Illinois gives $1.3M for Lake Mich. shoreline project
Belleville News-Democrat (1/24)
The state of Illinois will spend $1.3 million to stabilize the Lake Michigan shoreline at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.

A push to stop wasting Lake Michigan water
WBEZ-Chicago (5/7)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is proposing tighter regulations for those who draw water out of Lake Michigan.

Study: Asian carp unlikely to stow away in barges
The Associated Press (2/28)
Asian carp are unlikely to reach the Great Lakes by stowing away on commercial vessels in Chicago-area rivers and canals, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Lakeshore gets shuttle funding
South Bend Tribune (2/20)
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is set to receive $193,400 from the Federal Transit Administration for a shuttle service to connect visitors traveling by commuter rail to the park along Lake Michigan's southern shore.

Steel production falls 15,000 tons in Great Lakes states
The Northwest Indiana Times (2/12)
Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 642,000 tons last week, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Economic problems wash ashore as Lake Michigan's water level hits record low
PBS (2/11)
Lake Michigan, one of the crown jewels of Chicago and the Midwest, has recently experienced a dramatic drop in water levels creating economic problems for towns that border its shore.

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General Resources
Illinois
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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