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Dear EarthTalk: If Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, what will be the implications for environmental and climate policy?

Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. For starters, the name Gorsuch brings back bad memories ...

Trinity Services spreads message of inclusion

New Lenox, IL - Efforts to promote awareness of developmental disabilities is a year-round endeavor for Trinity Services, Inc. Trinity supports hundreds of men, women and children with developmental disabilities through its residential services, adult learning programs, school, supported employment ...

Community Leaders Come Out For Inaugural Half Marathon in Bolingbrook

Over 1,700 runners! Over 200 Volunteers!

Rep. Lipinski to host 'Senior Fair' in Romeoville

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) will be hosting three Senior Fairs in the Third Congressional District, including Romeoville. “I encourage district residents to come to my upcoming Senior Fairs,” Lipinski said in a press release. “The fairs will give my constituents ...

Dear EarthTalk: The environmental movement was built on the philosophies of people like Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. But who are the great environmental visionaries of our own

Thoreau, best known for his book “Walden,” taught us how to live a simple life and take pleasure in nature’s splendor all around us. Leopold’s 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” encouraged us to respect the land and its inhabitants ...

Dear EarthTalk; I would like to know what good the EPA has done for the environment?

Without the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans would breathe dirtier air, drink more polluted water and live and grow food on contaminated soils. Polluters wouldn’t be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior, wildlife would have a more difficult time ...

Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to get into turning my food waste into compost for my garden, but I don’t want a stinky pile of table scraps lingering in a pail in my kitchen or backyard. Are there any new h

Composting is a natural process of recycling food and organic matter and exposing it to oxygen so it can decompose into a nourishing soil amendment. Whether you let your municipality process your food and yard waste into compost, or do ...

New director for substance opioid abuse initiatives

Will County has hired Dr. Kathleen Burke as its director for Substance Use Initiatives. Burke will serve as project coordinator for the Prescription Drug/Opioid overdose-related deaths grant that was recently awarded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Working with ...

Romeoville hosting heroin summit

Romeoville will host the 2017 edition of the Hero Helps Community Summit on April 21 at the Edward Hospital events center, 55 Phelps Dr. This year’s event will shine a light on several counties that are implementing innovative strategies to ...

Avoid lead poisoning in children

A full 50 years after the research of Clair Cameron Patterson on the dangers of lead took off in the 60s, there are still many dangers out there. Yes, unleaded fuel has been the norm for many years. But there ...

Dear EarthTalk: I’m concerned about the impact the new administration will have on the environment, especially the calls to bypass renewables and ramp up fossil fuel production. What can I do as an av

Lots. The sad fact is that while more than two-thirds of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect against global warming and other environmental ills, the Trump administration is pushing forward with plans to gut the Environmental ...

Mental Health agency receives over 1million for treatment

Cornerstone Services has received a three-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) CABHI program. These funds will assist a total of 51 individuals who have experienced ...

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density?

No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions per capita. “The biggest factor is transportation, first, simply because trips get shorter, and second, because trips are more likely taken by ...

Dear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists?

A decade ago, in the wake of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and rising gas/oil prices, many of the same venture capitalists (VCs) who had made fortunes betting on software, hardware, Internet and biotech start-ups began shifting significant chunks of ...

Mental Illness support

The community is invited to attend a FREE class at Joliet Junior College- Morris. You Are Not Alone (LLC 5112) March 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.-8:30p.m.JJC Morris Campus (Shabbona Middle School), 725 School St., Door 27, Morris, IL One in ...