IDNR Conservation Police

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police has arrested two southern Illinois men following a yearlong investigation.

In June 2018, an investigation revealed a suspect, high on methamphetamine, broke into an IDNR storage building during daylight hours and stole multiple government items, including a MSA thermal imager.

The 2019 flood is not only closing some major roadways between Illinois and Missouri, it's also shutting down some popular recreational spots.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says high water has forced the closure of the Kinkaid Lake spillway, most of Horseshoe Lake, the Fort Massac boat ramp and Fort Defiance near Cairo.

Illinois hunters harvested more than 15-thousand wild turkeys during the spring season, up from nearly 13-thousand-500 last year.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the totals Tuesday. The preliminary statewide total includes nearly 14-hundred birds harvested during the 2019 youth turkey season.


A state representative from southern Illinois has resigned to become the director of law enforcement for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday announced he appointed Jerry Costello II to the post. The Smithton Democrat has served in the Illinois House since 2011. Pritzker says he has valuable experience as a police officer and in Operation Desert Storm.

Peoria Journal Star

State wildlife crews have poisoned a central Illinois lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologists on Monday spread a compound toxic to fish around the 30-acre Eureka Lake.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

SIU-Carbondale and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will team up to conduct strategic planning studies of two IDNR sites in southwestern Illinois.

The sites are the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County.

One person was hurt in a fall Monday in the area of Little Grand Canyon.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says Tempest Kipp-Evans had to be carried out using a stokes basket late Monday afternoon.

Illinois officials have released detailed plans for how they'll reintroduce a giant fish that was thought to be extinct from the state's waters.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that it's published a management plan for alligator gar, which includes goals and objectives.

An innovative new project at the Trail of Tears State Forest in southern Illinois includes cutting down several trees.

You wouldn't think the State Department of Natural Resources would get rid of trees...but DNR Forest Ecologist Ben Snyder says that's exactly what they're doing.

Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now if you want to get a good seat to view the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

Kevin Boucher

Several hunters from Georgia were successfully prosecuted in Union County for poaching several deer, including one 250 pound deer.  At a news conference, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal and other officials talked about the multi-agency effort.

One of the biggest critics of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois says it's still concerned about the state's new fracking rules, but some issues were addressed and improved.