Welcome to the world of the Big Bass Bounty Hunter, who travels around central Illinois in his tricked-up vehicle catching fish. This video was last summer at LaSalle Lake. There’s not a lot of fast action in the Big Bass Bounty Hunter series and he could use an editor, but we still find his videos oddly entertaining.
State park directors say Illinois' park system is suffering from years of budget cuts. Parks have lost staff and cut back hours of operation. And maintenance is sometimes kept to a minimum. STORY & COMMENTS
Nearly all species have recovered from the 2009 fish kill on the Rock River, according to a recently released study. The fish kill occurred June 21-23, 2009, on a 53.6-mile stretch of the Rock River from Grand Detour to Prophetstown. STORY & COMMENTS
Don’t be too critical when a hummingbird starts defending your feeder this month, claiming it as his or her own. Its just part of a survival strategy in the wild that has carried over to the backyard. Plus, pictures of a rare rufous hummingbird in a central Illinois backyard. STORY & COMMENTS
Spring is the Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center’s signature time when the redbuds, dogwoods and hawthorns lining the trails flower in a spectacular display, pronouncing winter’s end and a beginning to the new growing season. Jim Matheis, who has spent more than 20 years as executive director of the Garden, will take advantage of that time of transition to step down from his post in May. STORY & COMMENTS
The governor will use his amendatory veto power Tuesday to include the ban in a bill related to ammunition sales. It would then be up to lawmakers to accept his changes or reject them. STORY & COMMENTS