Study: Illinois, other Midwestern states behind on renewable energy
Almost 20% of generated electricity in Illinois comes from wind and solar as of March 2023. While that's triple the amount generated a decade earlier, the state's renewable portfolio pales in comparison to states like Iowa, South Dakota and Oklahoma.
'Quite the journey': Monarch butterfly license plates finally availableAfter seven years in the making, the state has unveiled the monarch butterfly decal license plate. Proceeds from the decals will benefit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Monarch Habitat Fund.
Revamped Midway takes off with a taste of ChicagoA lengthy Midway Airport redo wraps up with new restaurants, bars, and fast-food eateries that include beloved brands from the Southwest Side.
Things to do Dec. 1-7: Tree lightings, holiday parades, Dickens celebrations, light shows, craft fairs & moreIf you're looking to get in the holiday spirit, here's an exhaustive list of spirited events happening across the suburbs over the next week.
Hoffman Estates skeptical of hopping into regulation of rabbit sales at pet storesHoffman Estates officials were all ears this week during a spirited debate between representatives of animal rescues and the owner of a pet store over whether more regulations are needed for the commercial sale of rabbits.
Best bets: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Joffrey's 'Nutcracker,' Midtown Men, Cirque du SoleilMariah Carey brings her "Merry Christmas One and All!" tour to Chicago's United Center, Jelly Roll joins Nicki Minaj for the annual 103.5 KISS-FM Jingle Ball at Rosemont's Allstate, The Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker" returns to the Lyric, Christmas at Cantigny opens, and Cirque du Soleil performs "'Twas the Night Before ..." at the Chicago Theatre.
In their holiday era: Naperville family combines love for Taylor Swift, seasonal decorA Naperville family has decked the halls in all things Taylor Swift and are wishing people are Merry Swiftmas.
Picture books about birds can give your kids early exposure to conservancyJeff Reiter's admiration for birdy picture books is soaring. He mentions a few of his favorites because their authors and illustrators deserve the love, and because you might have little ones on your holiday shopping list.
Enjoy these easy-to-make Hanukkah-style doughnuts year-roundMomma Chef Karen Nochimowski shares her quick and easy doughnut recipe to enjoy for Hanukkah or all year.
Richardson Christmas Tree Farm kicks off holiday season by donating more than 100 trees to troopsDozens of Christmas trees awaited their new homes by a FedEx trailer at the Richardson Farm in Spring Grove. In less than two weeks, more than 100 trees will be on their way to military bases across the country for U.S. military families.
History in the making: 1800s Long Grove barn, school could move to new locationWill a historical barn and school move from the Long Grove village hall property to a new spot downtown? Supporters hope to create a historical campus but relocating a barn isn't cheap.
Fremd student recognized for applying machine learning techniques to chessAfter hosting more than 50 chess events this year at suburban schools, community centers, and temples, Aditya Gupta is working on taking his game to the next level. The senior at Fremd High School in Palatine recently received a Chessable Research Award for applying machine learning techniques to chess.