In 2014, a suburban gymnast told police her coach sexually abused her. Now, with that coach under investigation again, she is sharing her story publicly. “I felt very alone during all of it,” she said. “I’m hoping my story can help other people.”
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Spring serves as mating season for all sorts of animals found in Illinois, but no creature goes about it quite like the wood frog.
A bill that supporters say would make fracking operations in Illinois more transparent cleared its first legislative hurdle last week.
A Park District landscaper who had previously lost his license after a drunk driving conviction is among those found to have operated vehicles without proper documentation, according to a new report.
The 50-year-old gorilla was the zoo’s oldest animal. “Knowing it’s the right decision doesn’t make it hurt any less,” said Amy Roberts, curator of mammals for the Chicago Zoological Society.
Three years after they began installing bat houses along waterways in Cook County, conservationists are hoping the bats will start moving in this year.
After drawing an estimated 60,000 people to the inaugural event last year, Chicago’s second installment of the March for Science returns this weekend – with a few changes.
Despite the early April snow showers, a recent bird sighting in Cook County is a strong sign that warmer spring weather is just around the corner.
A coalition of states and cities sue the EPA over its regulation of emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
One year after welcoming its first baby reindeer in nearly four decades, Brookfield Zoo added another newborn fawn this week.
For the first time, Shedd Aquarium will host a full week of events leading up to Earth Day on April 22.
A young suburban gymnast goes to the police in 1997, accusing her coach of sexual abuse, but charges are never filed. Now she is sharing her story. “Everything that happened to me I think people should know,” she said.
A camera set up near Rosehill Cemetery captured an unusual photo of a flying squirrel last fall, but the image was only recently discovered.
An ordinance to protect residents from a potentially brain-damaging pollutant is passed by the City Council. But does it go far enough?
The grocery store chain released more details this week about its plans to phase out a practice that animal welfare advocates consider inhumane.
The yet-to-be-named chick is healthy and being hand-reared by animal care staff, the zoo said this week.
Despite the industry’s recent decline and new tariffs, Illinois’ solar market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, according to a new report.
St. Patrick’s Day festivities kicked off a day early at Brookfield Zoo last week, where seals, camels, lemurs, orangutans and gorillas got shamrock-shaped and green-colored treats.
The 14-year-old female polar bear who recently arrived in Chicago is expected to mate with 8-year-old Siku, who has lived at the zoo since 2016.
From kindergartners to college professors, citizen scientists helped Field Museum researchers examine more than 100,000 plant samples that could hold clues to key scientific questions.
A brightly colored moth rarely seen in the U.S. (and bigger than a human hand) emerged from its cocoon Friday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – but you better get there fast if you want to see it.
The Chicago River is cleaner today than it has been in generations, but “cleaner” is a relative term. One local advocacy group wants the city to aim for a trash-free river.
How local scientists played a key role in the arrest of three well-known elephant poachers in the Republic of Congo.