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Chicago will get the chance to show the world its recent river enhancements this March as it hosts a global mayors’ forum on urban waterfront redevelopment.

City to host global waterfront forum

December 12, 2016

In the midstof a major initiative to renovate the city’s waterfronts, Chicago will get a chance to showcase  its work during a global mayors’ forum on urban waterfront redevelopment early next year. Jo...

The City’s “Great Rivers Chicago” plan provides for a series of improvements in water quality, river access and recreational facilities completed by 2040.

Long process of improving Chicago rivers continues

September 6, 2016

The city’s new project, “Great Rivers Chicago,” includes plans to make the Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers “inviting, productive and livable by 2040,” according to the project’s web...

Alleged hazing prompts lawsuit, investigation

By Contributing Writer

November 26, 2012

by Doug Pitorak & Liz Earl, Contributing WriterA 14-year-old boy at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., was allegedly sexually assaulted by his soccer teammates Sept. 27 in a hazing incident, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents Nov. 19 on his behalf.The boy’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous, held a press conference Nov. 19 with her lawyer to announce the complaint.The lawsuit claims the victim, a f...

City announces plan to renovate riverwalk

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

The promenade surrounding the Chicago River will undergo a facelift next year.Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Oct. 8 to expand the century-old Chicago Riverwalk trail to Lake Street past its current end at Dearborn Street.“[The Chicago Riverwalk] is going to be sort of a signature project for the city and for Chicagoans,” said Peter Scales, a Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman.Scales said the project will be fi...

Reclaiming Chicago’s Water: Officials plan water treatment plant improvements

By Chris Loeber

April 23, 2012

Built around a river that was once solely a means of industrial development and transportation, the city is taking steps to improve the quality of its waterways as officials hope to make them attractive for recreational use.The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago plans to install new technology at two local water treatment plants that will lead to cleaner waterways, including the Chicago River, by 2015...

System out of murky waters

By Vanessa Morton

November 14, 2011

Cleanup is underway for parts of the Chicago River and connected waterways after years of research and recommendations from federal officials and environmental agencies.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Nov. 6 its decision to approve new water standards for five segments of the Chicago and Calumet rivers. They were created after the EPA sent a letter to the state in May, demanding that parts of the rivers...

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