An oak-hickory woodland behind the school becomes an outdoors classroom for students in Chatham, Illinois. Local conservation groups volunteer to lead 350 fourth-graders on nature walks the week of May 2-6, 2011.
The Ogle County Board voted Tuesday to put a referendum on the April 9 ballot that asks whether the state should pass laws that allow for concealed carry. The county passed a similar referendum in 2008. STORY & COMMENTS
Eight people are accused of illegally trafficking paddlefish caviar from a prime paddlefish location in western Missouri after a yearslong investigation that spanned nine states, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. STORY & COMMENTS
Illinois' own once-thriving wolves were hunted to extinction by the 1860s. But since the first confirmed sighting in the state in 150 years, in 2002, wolf sightings have gone from rare to regular — with at least five in the last three years. STORY & COMMENTS