Illinois

Love hunting, fishing, and shooting sports? We do too – and we're working hard to protect the natural resources that we count on for our outdoor sports. 

Izaak Walton League members (who often refer to themselves as "Ikes") are working in Illinois to improve water quality, get kids and families outdoors, and conserve fish and wildlife and their habitat. 

Illini Ikes had been vigorous champions for conservation of Illinois natural resources. Their efforts have benefited the public in many ways, including a large-scale reforestation project on the Shawnee National Forest, establishment of the Elton E. Fawks Bald Eagle Refuge, and work to designate the Vermilion River as a national Wild and Scenic River. Their work to protect water resources includes a public awareness campaign of industrial and human wastes in waterways. They also helped pass state groundwater protection legislation and controls on barges carrying chemical and oil on the Mississippi River.

Want to join the League? Check out one of our Illinois chapters (listed below) or visit our JOIN page for more information about becoming a member.


Calumet Region Chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 am in Dolton, IL. For more information, contact Julie Osborne at (708) 525-4051. 

Chicago#1 Chapter meets annually in July at the Izaak Walton League's national convention (site varies). For more information, contact Wendy Reid at (708) 895-0850.

Decatur Chapter meets the first Friday of each month at 7:30 pm in Decatur, IL. For more information, contact Jackie Wooten at (217) 428-6403.

Des Plaines Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in Des Plaines, IL. For more information, contact Donald Johanson at (847) 358-9023.

Elgin Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in Elgin, IL. For more information, contact William Jones at (847) 742-3205.

Frank Anetsberger Chapter meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Northbrook Civic Center in Northbrook, IL. For more information, contact John Sundquist at (847) 564-3266.

Geneseo Chapter meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in Geneseo, IL. For more information, contact Victor Bianchetta (309) 944-6522.

Havana Chapter meets the third Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm in Astoria, IL. For more information, contact Dawn Butler at (309) 241-7768.

Kewanee Chapter meets the first Tuesday pf each month at 7:00 pm at the Giant Goose Conservation and Education Center, in Atkinson, IL. For more information, contact Richard Gibson at (309) 853-5245.

Peoria Chapter
meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in East Peoria, IL. For more information, contact John Purple at (309) 681-4010.

Walter Sherry Memorial Chapter meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in Wilmington, IL. For more information, contact Cindy Campbell at (815) 723-5065.

Woodford County Chapter meets the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in Metamora, IL. For more information, contact Candace Kleen at (309) 696-0208. 

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