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Council committee considers ban on potentially toxic driveway sealer

The Chicago City Council Committee on Finance held a hearing on Friday pertaining to an ordinance to ban coal tar sealants, which are used on parking lots and driveways. According to a recent series of studies, the sealants contain high levels of known carcinogens.

The committee adjourned without calling a vote on the ordinance sponsored by Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the finance committee chairman, and Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns said that the committee will be “having a couple of substantive hearings” before taking a vote on the measure.

Preckwinkle announces sustainable energy initiative in Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday announced a plan to implement environmental initiatives designed to reduce the county government’s carbon footprint.

Preckwinkle’s announcement followed the recent release of a report from the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council that outlined approaches the county can take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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Summer program to connect students from CPS closing and welcoming schools

The Chicago Park District is planning a summer initiative to connect children who attend soon-to-be shuttered CPS schools with students from the schools they will be enrolled in this fall, announced district General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly on Tuesday.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Kelly said that as part of the program, the district will invite children and principals from both the schools slated for closure and their “welcoming schools” to nearby parks to give students an opportunity to meet one another before the start of the school year.

Chicago saw less power outages, quicker response times in 2012

There were less power outages in Chicago 2012 than any other year since 1997, when the city began to review ComEd’s compliance with its franchise agreement with Chicago, according to the findings in the Annual Commonwealth Edison 2013 Summer Preparedness and 2012 Reliability Report.

Tony Abruscato named chair of Gateway Green

Report card: Great Lakes still have big problems

President Obama signs Illinois disaster declaration

Commissioner calls for increased transparency at county’s water agency

According to one commissioner on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Board of Commissioners, the agency overseeing Cook County’s water should provide more information concerning projects slated for board consideration.

State agency begins flood damage assessments today

Emanuel: There’s an app for energy conservation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago to dip its toes into “cleanweb,” where public data is used to create web applications for mobile devices that will help Chicagoans save energy.

Emanuel announced Tuesday that, starting this weekend, the city of Chicago will over the next year hold a series of “hackathons,” two-day sessions where people will compete to make applications out of city data on the energy efficiency of buildings.

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