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13 Sunflower Fields in Illinois You’ll Love

Are you flying into Chicago for a vacation in Illinois? Alongside the architecture, art, and beautiful blue water beaches, this windy city offers sunflower fields in the farms nearby. You may have noticed incredible sunflower fields in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Texas, New York, and even Ohio. However, the...
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Best Places To Stay Near Starved Rock State Park

I have driven between St. Louis and Chicago several times throughout my life, and I have to say that the I-55 corridor is less than exhilarating. Crossing over Lake Springfield near the capital is one of a few reprieves from the otherwise monotonous mile after mile of open farmland. As this was my only real experience with central Illinois — until recently — I made the unfortunate assumption that all of Illinois mirrored this lackluster landscape. My recent journey to the Starved Rock State Park region opened my eyes to the true beauty and diverse landscape of the Land of Lincoln.
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DNR Director Says Progress Being Made On State Park Expansion

You may recall that roughly 2,600 acres sold by Buzzi Unicem to the state in late 2018? It's still in the works. While visiting Ottawa recently, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callhan was asked for an update. She says surveying of the land is complete. Now, the state is considering what can be added like trails, stairs, platforms and perhaps additional vegetation. DNR's goal is for this ground to have opportunities that Matthiessen or Starved Rock don't.
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Watch now: Heavy rains take toll on Clinton Lake

CLINTON — After a brief closure because of last week’s heavy rain, Clinton Lake Recreation Area is mostly open for the holiday weekend, but visitors to other parks should check on the status before they go and be prepared with a Plan B. Clinton Lake was closed to recreational boating...

US EPA continues cleanup in La Salle Superfund site

The United States Environmental Protection Agency continues to sample and cleanup soil in a La Salle Superfund site. The approximate $110 million project is in response to soil contaminated by the former Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Co. in La Salle. The pandemic didn’t affect cleanup or testing for the 2021...
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Hot Rods defense stumbles in loss to Greensboro

A defensive lapse proved costly for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in a 7-3 loss to the Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers on Thursday at Bowling Green Ballpark. Back-to-back errors paved the way for a big fourth inning that allowed Greensboro to take control and beat the Hot Rods for the first time in three tries.
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25 Northern Illinois Hiking Trails to Explore

Northern Illinois Hiking Trails to Have on Your List. Northern Illinois presents nature lovers with an incredible range of trails inviting exploration of rocky landscapes, spectacular water views, cascading waterfalls, nature etched canyons, lush woodlands, glacial landscapes and prairies and grasslands ablaze with brilliant blooms. You may even spot bison from some trails! With my list of 25 Northern Illinois hiking trails, you will experience a range of what the region has to offer: