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Environment

Illinois' beach water shows improvements

Kerry Wood Cubs Field takes first step toward cleanup of contamination

EPA cleaning lead-contaminated site in Chicago

Finance committee reviews measure to hike littering penalty

Aldermen on Monday discussed, but did not vote on, an ordinance to increase the fines for littering in Chicago.

The measure, put forth by Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), would raise the minimum penalty for littering from $50 to $150.  Under the proposal, the maximum penalty would increase from $200 to $1,500.

New Fermilab director named

Water Reclamation District targets Chicago school asphalt

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is pursuing a $2 million pilot program with Chicago Public Schools to replace asphalt on school campuses that is linked to contamination in the city sewer systems.

Aldermanic menu money provisionally approved for urban farm

Aldermen and the Chicago Department of Law admitted confusion on Wednesday about how City Council members may use funds from the aldermanic menu program.

Officials identify silvery substance at Indiana beaches

Forest Preserve hopes to use 100th anniversary as publicity springboard

Arnold Randall, superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, basked in the afterglow on Tuesday of the district’s 100th anniversary celebration, which took place at the Chicago Cultural Center last week. Some members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, though, questioned whether Randall has maximized publicity for the Forest Preserve.

Council committee holds hearing on proposed plastic bag ban

Supporters and opponents of a proposal to ban city retailers from providing plastic bags offered extensive testimony measure during a Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection meeting Tuesday, but there will likely be some changes to the ordinance before the committee votes on the measure.

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