By the way, does anyone have any recommendations for a good Illinois-based charter vessel to take out on Lake Michigan? I've got a relation in Western Michigan with a couple of boats but I'm not sure my IL licenses apply if we launch from his nearest shore.
I do! Actually the second- (or third-) husband of my mom's second-cousin. Met him at a recent barbecue in Paw Paw held in my grandmother's honor, where he (the seafaring relation) and I grilled steaks and salmon.