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Dale Bowman

Outdoors Columnist
Tom Near had the fortune to make a dramatic turn from gang life in the Hamlin Park-Lathrop Homes area to reach the cutting edge of the biological sciences at Yale.
David Moore of St. John’s, Indiana, faces multiple charges in the alleged cheating case in a Cal Sag Bass Anglers event on May 11.
Wheaton North seniors Zach Widelski and Ty Nielsen made the most of late bites Saturday to win the state title in bass fishing; plus cicadas, cottonwood fluff and monarchs fill the spring air.
As befits May, all forms of fishing are going and so are the cicadas to lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.
Loose pedal swans at Humboldt Park were among the topics brought up Thursday at the Chicago fishing advisory committee meeting.
Dan Renkosiak caught his personal-best smallmouth bass Friday on the Chicago River downtown, then found dozens of white bass, raising the question of whether there is a white-bass run on the river.
A tutorial on photographing sunspots, a report on a coyote at Palmisano Park and a favor request from a tug engineer are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
How fishing and access is handled at St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier leads to considering the role of fishing in Chicago’s lakefront ambience.
Each of the five schools sent two teams to the IHSA’s state finals, which are set for Friday and Saturday on Carlyle Lake.