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Environment/Sustainability Tue Apr 06 2010

More Destruction of the Chicago River

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Trash leftover by careless beach dwellers already plagues several Chicago beaches in the summer and fall. The weather is finally getting warmer, and it looks as if people are bringing their bad habits to the Chicago River, which has suffered from severe industrial pollution for years. I recently strolled along the riverfront path on my lunch hour from State Street to Michigan Avenue and was disheartened to see wrappers, plastic bottles and discarded food all along the bank and in the river water. This garbage adds to the 1.2 billion gallons of sewage that is dumped into the river every day, according to Friends of the Chicago River.


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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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