Land and Water Conservation Fund needs our support

#SaveLWCF UPDATE 12/17/2015: We learned yesterday that the federal budget agreement will extend the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for another 3 years. Since Congress let LWCF expire in Sept., that IS good news. BUT - we're going to keep working for permanent reauthorization to this critical program. Stay tuned in the new year [...]

Local Communities Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The rush for sand to fuel fracking is on, and Illinois has a lot of it. In the fracking process, silica sand is mixed with chemicals and injected underground to break apart rocks and unleash trapped oil and gas. Mississippi Sand, LLC wants to mine vast quantities of sand just outside Starved Rock State Park [...]

The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River: Illinois’ State Scenic River

The Middle Fork River is Illinois’ first State Scenic River, so designated in 1986 by Governor James R. Thompson. In 1989 the Middle Fork was also designated as a National Scenic River by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan. The Middle Fork is the first river in Illinois to be included in the National [...]

Illinois State Parks Are Open!

Dear friends, Glynnis Collins with Governor Quinn This morning I had the pleasure of attending a press conference where Governor Pat Quinn and Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced the opening of the seven state parks that were closed by the Blagojevich administration last fall. This is a day that we at Prairie [...]