| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:48 PM
A couple of years ago at a Harbor Commission meeting, the topic of replacing some of our harbor's 18 miles of seawalls an estimated cost of $500 million was discussed.
Of course, the cost is what first grabbed my attention, along with how the...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 8:56 AM
So, the United States can still respond quickly when democratic norms are trampled by a dictatorial power abroad. Good for Ukraine. Too bad Washington doesn't seem to care when the trampling occurs right here at home — at least not when the U.S. gas...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 3:17 PM
Reports of smoke inside a nuclear power facility near Moline, Ill., on Wednesday prompted a partial shutdown of the plant and an alert from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, though federal officials said no injuries or abnormal releases of...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 5:35 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 4:33 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn wasted little time likening his Republican rival Bruce Rauner to one of pop culture’s most infamous rich guys: C. Montgomery Burns of “The Simpsons.”
The Quinn campaign put a new web ad up making the...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Matt Kumpar paid $622 for the electricity his auto shop used in January, so he thought the February charge — a whopping $3,192 — was a mistake.
It wasn't. The rate for his electric supply skyrocketed, a shift his provider blamed on...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 4:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — Ratepayers of Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. could be in line for a share of more than $1 billion in refunds as part of a possible financial settlement from the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 1:48 PM
U.S. commercial nuclear power plants had 10 serious incidents in 2013 that could have resulted in damage to nuclear reactors, but the industry's overall safety record improved, the Union of Concerned Scientists said Friday.
The Washington-based watchdog...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:09 PM
Three years ago--2:49 p.m. March 11, 2011, Tokyo time, or late on the night of March 10 in continental U.S. time zones--what may be history's worst, most enduring nuclear power plant disaster began in Japan. It's a baleful anniversary that bears object...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:52 AM
NEW YORK -- An explosion that destroyed two buildings in a busy Manhattan neighborhood and killed at least two people was caused by a gas leak, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said Wednesday, and hours after the explosion, some people remained missing.
| Mar 13, 2014
| 10:11 PM
Federal safety authorities launched an investigation on Thursday into a gas explosion that caused the collapse a day earlier of two New York City apartment buildings, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others.
The still-smoldering rubble...