Seven scientists have been appointed to be spokespeople for their scientific disciplines through the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute. The state had previously had a state entomologist, a state geologist and a state climatologist, but now those positions and four others have been officially recognized by the state legislature.
The State Biologist is Brian D. Anderson, director of Illinois Natural History Survey, the Daily Illini says.
The most detailed report of the new, official positions comes from the Daily Illini, the independent student newspaper of the University of Illinois.
You can read the shorter, less informative Associated Press story on the WICS television news site, here.