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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 Ikeā€™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 ›

Joan Sayre took this photo of a great horned owl in her Libertyville back yard. The adult owls raised two young, which she saw in early June two years ago.

Hooting great horned owls celebrate Valentine’s Day

Beneath a full moon on a cold, winter’s evening, the pair begins its courtship duet. Hoo hoo hoooo hooo hoo, he bellows atop a walnut … Read more ›

Photo from University of Georgia's Bugwood Wiki that illustrates the short spines at the end of common buckthorn twigs
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Common buckthorn: Not your average ornamental plant

Have you recently seen teams of people cutting down bushes and small trees in forests and woodland natural areas? Or applying herbicide with a wand … Read more ›

Work begins on $3 million Skokie bike and walking path

As work begins on a new $3 million, mile-long bike and walking path in Skokie, cyclist Jeff Miller has some advice for the village. “A … Read more ›

Northbrook Park District pools not in compliance with new law, but closed for season, anyway

Two Northbrook Park District swimming pools are not in compliance with new federal drain regulations, according to information released this week. The outdoor pools at … Read more ›

Early morning fog at Northside Park in Wheaton. (Photo submitted by Joni Eskridge)

Fall Fog wins photo contest

A picture of early morning fog at Northside Park in Wheaton is this week’s TribLocal photo contest winner. As a prize, the author,Ā Joni Eskridge, will … Read more ›

Cook County Forest Preserve District considers recreation expansion

Imagine zip lining over leafy trees, scrambling up a rope course or enjoying a concert under a big blue sky. That’s not an ad for … Read more ›

Trustees hear flooding complaints, schedule storm water management meeting

More than two weeks after parts of Northbrook were submerged in floodwaters, residents still have flooding on their minds ā€” and they let their elected … Read more ›

Allison Frederick discovered and photographed this pink katydid at Middlefork Savanna near Lake Forest.

Rare pink katydid discovered in northern Illinois

Katy did. Katy did. In northern Illinois the chorus of insects whose name reflects their song has begun. As day passes to night, these late … Read more ›