Geoscience in Your State: Illinois

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By the numbers: Illinois

  • 9,546 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 891 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $1.38 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 60 total disaster declarations, including 25 severe storm, 15 flood, and 10 tornado disasters (1953-2017)6
  • $16.8 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in illinois

Illinois Clean Coal Institute

Established in 1982, the Illinois Clean Coal Institute coordinated a comprehensive coal research and development program addressing issues related to sulfur and other noxious elements in Illinois coal. The full archive of almost 800 reports produced from this work over the course of 35 years is housed in the coal section of the Illinois State Geological Survey's website.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

The mission of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is to prepare, protect and assist the citizens of the State of Illinois through planning, prevention, training, mitigation, response, and recovery to all hazards, natural or manmade.​​

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Illinois EPA is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.

Illinois Office of Mining and Minerals

The Illinois Office of Mining and Minerals regulates the mining industry throughout the State of Illinois; regulates the possession, use, and storage of explosives; and enforces various acts which govern the mining industry.

Illinois Office of Oil and Gas Resource Management

The Illinois Office of Oil and Gas Resource Management is the regulatory authority in Illinois for permitting, drilling, operating, and plugging oil and gas production wells. The Office implements the Illinois Oil and Gas Act and enforces standards for the construction and operation of related production equipment and facilities. In addition, the Office regulates the injection of fluids into underground injection wells, through the UIC Program, and cleans up abandoned well sites through the PRF and Landowner Grant Programs.

Illinois Office of Water Resources

The Illinois Office of Water Resources is the lead state agency for water resources planning, navigation, floodplain management, the National Flood Insurance Program, water supply, drought, and interstate organizations on water resources. Interagency duties include the state water plan, drought response, flood emergency situation reports, and the comprehensive review of Illinois water use law.

Illinois State Geological Survey
The mission of the Illinois State Geological Survey is to provide the citizens and institutions of Illinois with earth science research and information that are accurate, objective, and relevant to our State's environmental quality, economic prosperity, and public safety.

Case Studies & Factsheets

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Illinois 9,546 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 891 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $1.38 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 60 total disaster declarations, including 25 severe storm, 15 flood, and 10 tornado disasters (1953-...

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Climate Science 101 Climate is the average of weather conditions over several decades.1,2 Geoscientists monitor modern climate conditions (1880 A.D. to present) in part by taking direct measurements of weather data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall and snowfall, wind speed, cloudiness, and so on)...

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Background In areas prone to winter precipitation, transportation infrastructure must be able to quickly respond to snow and ice on roadways. Ice removal is a vital service in these communities. Deicing chemicals melt ice by lowering the temperature at which it melts. They can also prevent new ice...