Under the Endangered Species Protection Act, the Board is responsible for maintaining the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species (Illinois List/List). The Illinois List is reviewed, and revised as necessary, but in no case less often than every five years. The first Illinois List was published in 1981. Since then, there have been six 5-year reviews and revisions of the entire List, as well as some administrative and editorial revisions, resulting in the current (2011) Illinois List of 484 endangered and threatened species. The Board is currently conducting a 5-year review of the List, which is anticipated to conclude in 2014.
By law, changes to the list must be based on scientific evidence. Factors that are considered when evaluating a species include changes in population size, changes in range in the state, whether it occurs at protected sites, any known threats to its existence, as well as features of its life history which might have a bearing on survival. During the 5-year review, the Board seeks input from technical advisors who have expertise in plants, invertebrate animals, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Since the first List was developed, 132 technical experts have assisted the Board, developing the 2014 List revision will bring the total to 146. The Board may remove from the Illinois List any non-federally-listed species for which it finds satisfactory scientific evidence that its wild or natural populations are no longer endangered or threatened in Illinois. A public hearing is held to consider the Board’s action of listing, delisting, or changing the listing status of a species.
Please refer to the links below for more information about the Illinois List and the Illinois List review and revision process.
HISTORY OF THE ILLINOIS LIST
The following Board publication includes a review of the history of the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species: The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act at Forty: a Review of the Act’s Provisions and the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species.
REVIEW AND REVISION OF THE ILLINOIS LIST
The Board's authority to make changes to the Illinois List, definitions of "Endangered" and "Threatened", and criteria
for lisitng and reasons for delisting species.
A walk-through of the required 5-year review and revision of the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species.
How to participate in the List review process or make recommendation to the Board for changes to the Illinois List.
THE ESPB 2014 ILLINOIS LIST REVIEW AND REVISION
Timeline and schedule to date and planned (updated June 2014).
Notice of public hearing (Noon - 4:00 PM June 26, 2014) and written comment period (Noon June 26, 2014 - Midnight July 11, 2014) for proposed changes to the Illinois List.
Public hearing agenda and INSTRUCTIONS for submitting comments and evidence at the public hearing or during the written comment period.
Nomination form for recommending adding a species to the Illinois List
List of proposed changes to the Illinois List.
List of ESPB meetings where taxonomic groups were reviewed (with links to the ESPB meeting minutes page).
Compiled individual species reviews for animal species proposed for listing status change, addition to, or removal from the Illinois List. (Note - as explained on the cover page, the production quality is poor for parts of this document and you may need to refer to respective meeting minutes cited for each species to view those parts in clearer resolution.)
Compiled individual species reviews for plant species proposed for listing status change, addition to, or removal from the Illinois List. (Note - as explained on the cover page, the production quality is poor for parts of this document and you may need to refer to respective meeting minutes cited for each species to view those parts in clearer resolution.)
Hearing record for ESPB proposed List revision June 26, 2014 public hearing and June 26 - July 11, 2014 written comment period
Summary of ESPB action relative to comments received during the June 26, 2014 public hearing and the June 26 - July 11, 2014 written comment period
Summary of all ESPB final listing decisions from the 163rd meeting held August 15, 2014