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The City of Chicago is the second entity to sue U.S. Steel, a corporation that sits across the lake in Portage, Indiana, visible from Promontory Point in Hyde Park. U.S. Steel violated its clean water permit when it discharged chromium into the lake last year. 

City sues US Steel for polluting Lake Michigan

January 29, 2018

After public outcry and a lawsuit from the Surfrider Foundation—a nonprofit environmental organization that works to protect water—Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel filed a city...

The Chicago City Council has introduced an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs from large-scale commercial breeders.

City cracks down on puppy mills, pet stores

February 17, 2014

To combat canine illnesses, overpopulated pounds and rising euthanization rates, an ordinance introduced to the City Council Feb. 5 would crack down on puppy mills by banning the retail sale of dogs ra...

Asian carp threat inspires federal report

By Metro Editor

February 10, 2014

The asian carp, Lake Michigan’s least welcome visitor, could soon face an upstream battle as the federal government and environmentalists explore solutions to decrease their destructive presence in the Great Lakes, where they jeopardize the water system and other species.With authorization from Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study on Jan. 6, outlining e...

Pollution plagues the Great Lakes

By Angelica Sanchez

January 28, 2013

Toxins in the surface waters of the Great Lakes increased by 12 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to the annual Toxic Inventory report released by the U.S. Environmental Agency, released Jan. 16.According to the EPA, the sources of this ecological challenge to the Great Lakes are sewage disposal and discharges of industrial waste waters containingtoxic chemicals.The recent upswing in toxicity levels has caused alarm am...

Carp study offers options, but solutions still far off

By Gabrielle Rosas

February 6, 2012

Asian carp are once again at the center of a statewide debate. A privately funded study offers three different plans to stop the spread of Asian carp into Lakes Michigan and Erie—yet all of them require the re-reversal of parts of the Chicago River.States surrounding the Great Lakes should consider all other options before settling on these plans sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and several other groups. There are other...

Wolves, playoffs separated at berth

By Etheria Modacure

April 18, 2011

The season began with a rocky road for the Chicago Wolves. They went on a season-high seven–game losing streak, had trouble winning home games and leads were quickly surrendered. This subpar record eventually had an impact on the team’s playoff aspirations during the last weekend of the American Hockey League season.After a 2010–2011 campaign in which the Wolves (39-30-5-6, 89 points) battled for a playoff spot in Ap...

Back at the ballot box again

By Heather McGraw

March 7, 2011

Young adults in Chicago have grown up with Mayor Richard M. Daley as a household name. But on Feb. 22, they finally had the chance to elect someone else.Preliminary voter turnout data in the recent municipal election suggests a larger youth vote than in previous years. However, precise demographic data is not yet available to confirm this.Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago board of elections commissioners, said specific demogr...

Keep carp out without impacting industry

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2010

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is under intense scrutiny from six Great Lakes states and various environmental groups that  are urging the closure of major Chicago waterways due to the possible infiltration of Asian carp in Lake Michigan.The closure of the navigational locks has been avoided because of the strain some Chicagoans and Illinois politicians claim would be placed on the charter cruises, boat tours and cargo ship...

Asian carp pose danger to Midwest waters

By SpencerRoush

January 25, 2010

An invasive species of carp that allegedly disrupts ecosystems and causes economic destruction may have infiltrated Lake Michigan, according to researchers who reported on Jan. 19 that the Asian carp’s DNA was found in water samples.The species has been traveling toward the Great Lakes to dominate yet another water system. The threat of the Asian carp, which can reach up to 100 pounds and grow to more than four feet in le...

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