Saturday, March 25, 2023

Trout Season is Almost Here

The spring inland trout-fishing season opens on Saturday, April 1 at Horsetail Lake in Palos Park, Sag Quarry-East in Lemont, Green Lake in Calumet City, Axehead Lake in Park Ridge and Belleau Lake in Park Ridge, according to an announcement by The Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Officials are stocking approximately 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout at Sag QuarryEast, 1,250 pounds at Axehead Lake and 1,250 pounds at Belleau Lake. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is stocking 700 pounds at Green Lake and 600 pounds at Horsetail Lake.
Stocking trout into a local lake.

These are catchable-sized rainbow trout, in the half-pound to full-pound range. As part of the IDNR’s stocking program, fishing for and possession of any trout is illegal from March 15 until 5 a.m. April 1.

In addition, the Forest Preserves’ trout lakes will be closed to all fishing from Monday, March 27, until sunrise on Saturday, April 1. The lake closings allow the trout to disperse throughout the lakes prior to opening.

Once the season opens, there is a five trout per day creel limit with no size restrictions. No more than two lines per person with no more than two hooks per line may be used.

A valid Illinois sport fishing license with an Inland Trout Stamp is required for anglers 16 years of age and older. An Illinois sport fishing license is not required for Illinois residents who are disabled and have a State of Illinois disabled ID card showing a Class 2 or 2A disability or a Veterans Disability Card, and Illinois residents who are on active military duty and are home on leave.

For a list of all lakes and waters open to public fishing within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit and download the Fishing Guide. The guide includes maps that show location and depth of each lake, as well as main fish species

For details, call the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries Section at (708) 403-6951.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

TSA recruiting Air Marshals in Chicago


Just sent to us by the Chicago Office of the TSA:

CHICAGO - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is hiring additional women and men to serve as Federal Air Marshals. Applications are being accepted now through Wednesday, March 29.

Federal Air Marshals detect, deter and defeat criminal, terrorist and hostile activities that target our nation’s transportation systems. They perform a critical role in securing the nation's transportation in a variety of federal law enforcement capacities on board aircraft and on the ground in transportation sectors such as mass transit, rail and ports.

The salary range for entry-level Federal Air Marshals is $46,428 to $71,932 plus an additional 29.79% in locality pay in the Chicago area. In addition to base salary and locality pay, FAMs may be eligible for 25% in additional Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), other types of premium pay for working federal holidays, overtime pay and various performance awards.

Applicants do not need previous experience working in security, the military or law enforcement fields. New hires will receive extensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and they are paid while undergoing training.

Interested individuals should create a USAJOBS account and complete an online application. Please be sure to upload an updated resume and any supporting documentation including college transcripts, DD-214 or SF-50 forms if applicable from any previous employment within the military or government. Reference the Resume Builder and Application Tip Sheet for more details on the application process.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals between the ages of 21 and 36 (veterans may receive a waiver allowing for employment prior to their 40th birthday) with a minimum of either three years of work experience or a bachelor’s degree or higher, or combination of education and experience. Applicants must pass a pre-employment background check, including a polygraph and pass a medical evaluation and a physical fitness assessment.

The Federal Air Marshal Service is a component of TSA. Benefits of working at TSA include paid training, paid annual and sick leave, contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan, contributions to retirement, strong health care plans (including dental and vision), life insurance and the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to our national security. TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including military veterans and persons with disabilities.
For more information on becoming a Federal Air Marshal, visit the TSA web site here: or text “FAMS” to 95495.