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A cougar at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune / June 14, 2012)

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according … Read more ›

Callery Pear infestation in a natural area (Photo from Bugwood Wiki, University of Georgia)
From the community

Invasive Ornamental Plants Pose Threat for Native Wildlife

In winter we dream of spring. We peruse garden catalogs for beautiful plants to adorn our homes. When late spring arrives and the danger of … Read more ›

Flowers nurtured by special needs students at Lincoln-Way East High School greenhouse will be on sale Saturday. (Submitted by Lincoln-Way High School District 210)

Lincoln-Way East greenhouse flowers on sale Saturday

Area residents will have one more chance to buy flowers from Lincoln-Way East High School’s Special Services Transition Program – just in time for Mother’s … Read more ›

Saturday night is prime time for Lyrids meteoroid watching

Saturday night promises to be cold, a little damp and dark — a great night to be outdoors, if you’re a stargazer. The hours from … Read more ›

Signs opposing county’s deer-culling program disappear

Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said today that a bunch of signs urging Homer Glen residents to vote against the Will County Forest Preserve … Read more ›

James Zimmerman with a new Illinois state record walleye.  Photo courtesy IL DNR
From the community

Pecatonica gives up 2nd state record Walleye

It wasn’t that long ago when there was a lot of talk about a new state record walleye being caught. On January 7th of this … Read more ›

Homer Glen residents will have their say on deer culling on March 20

Homer Glen residents will have the chance to weigh in at the ballot booth on the issue of deer culling at two Will County forest … Read more ›

White clover, a common edible weed in Illinois, is likely the species that sometimes produces four leaves, giving it the name four-leaf clover and supposedly giving the finder good luck. Tribune file photo

Four-leaf clover: Rare variation of a common, edible weed (and may be good luck)

That sometimes pesky white clover creeping into your grass in spring is the same plant that supposedly brings luck to those who find it in … Read more ›

Mike Iaconelli with two big tournament bass.   Photo by BASS and Rob Russow
From the community

Is it Ike’s turn?

After a year of fishing in a variety of tournaments across the nation, 49 of the best anglers will finally compete in the 2012 Bassmaster … Read more ›

Garden plots at the new Brookside Bayou will be assigned through a lottery on Feb. 16. (Submitted by Frankfort Square Park District)

New community garden plots up for grabs at Brookside Bayou

A former dump site near 191st Street and Brookside Glen Drive soon will be blooming with flowers and vegetables during the first season of community … Read more ›