Category Archives: Illinois

Sierra Club Posts Clean Water Advocate Position for College Students

Current college students might find this job ad intriguing: a full-time position with the IL Chapter of the Sierra Club, “Clean Water Advocate.” Details are at this link, courtesy of

Posted in ecology, education, green jobs, Illinois, policy, students, water

Important Environmental Bills Pending this Week in IL General Assembly

Editor’s Note: This message on Memorial Day 2014 is from Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, a non-profit group focused on monitoring the IL General Assembly and advocating for progressive environmental policy for our state. Please consider contacting your … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, conservation, economics, energy, Illinois, news, policy, transportation

Smart Systems, Resilient Regions: a Metropolitan Planning Commission Roundtable, May 20

After one of the Chicago region’s coldest and snowiest winters on record, how can we better prepare ourselves to weather future storms? If this winter has taught us anything, it’s the value of being prepared—not just for the expected, like … Continue reading

Posted in cities, events, Illinois, planning

Today Is Environmental Lobby Day in Springfield IL; Advocate for Environmental Progress Online

A message from Jen Walling, Executive Director of the IL Environmental Council: It’s Environmental Lobby Day here in Springfield and our nearly 200 environmental advocates are about to head over to the Capitol.  Last night, we had 70 people for … Continue reading

Posted in conservation, Illinois, policy, social justice

Learn about the Earliest Chicagoans at the Chicago Portage on March 29

Chicago Portage Lecture March 29th 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Friends of the Chicago Portage would like to announce the 3rd in their series of 5 free public presentations in their “Earliest Chicagoans”series for 2014. Please join Friends Founder … Continue reading

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The Newberry Library Marks 100 Years of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” on March 12

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The Newberry Library Marks 100 Years of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” on March 12

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This Thursday: Conserving Nature for the Next 100 Years (Free Event at Spertus Institute in Chicago)

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Center for Humans and Nature invite the public to a free event this Thursday at the Spertus Institute in downtown Chicago in honor of the “Next Century Conservation Plan,” the Forest Preserves’ … Continue reading

Posted in biodiversity, conservation, ecology, events, Illinois, parks and public land, planning, restoration, suburbs, wildlife

Bill Kurtis Speaks on Prairie Restoration and Climate Change in Joliet this Thursday, Feb 6th

Longtime TV journalist Bill Kurtis is locally famous from his years as a news anchor at CBS News in Chicago, but did you know he is a prairie person?  He was reared on the western edge of the Tallgrass Prairie … Continue reading

Posted in biodiversity, climate change, conservation, ecology, events, Illinois, policy, restoration

Mapping the Expansion of Chicago

This is a cool story from WBEZ public radio’s Curious City desk on the development and growth of Chicago from its founding to the present day. Also included is a really neat visual: an animated map of the city’s growth … Continue reading

Posted in cities, history, humanities, Illinois, planning