| Nov 8, 2013
| 6:01 AM
A 64-year-old man died after his car plunged into Lake Michigan at Balbo Drive, and police say they are investigating whether he suffered a seizure.
The car had been crossing Lake Shore Drive at Balbo before it left the road and entered the water about...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:00 AM
A blast of Canadian air is expected to drop temperatures close to the freezing mark at the beginning of next week, and that could mean snow showers or something called graupel, a cross between hail and snow.
"Soft hail," explains National Weather...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Chicago-born author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson once wrote, "Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium." For many of us, that...
| May 25, 2013
| 3:34 PM
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands — These islands are Europe's Florida: a subtropical climate, sandy beaches edged with palms, even theme parks as large as those in the United States.
Yet, many Americans don't have a clue where these seven...
| Jun 23, 2013
Faced with public outrage and congressional pressure, the oil company BP vowed six years ago to develop cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged into Lake Michigan by its massive refinery about 20 miles southeast of...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 9:34 PM
After winning exemptions from environmental laws for more than a decade, owners of the last coal-powered steamship on the Great Lakes agreed Friday to a court-enforced deadline to stop dumping toxic pollution into Lake Michigan.
But the proposed legal...
| Oct 24, 2012
Above the Grove Portage Trail at the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, the canopy of trees was taxicab yellow. With the sun pouring down from above, the colors glowed.
Beneath them, we walkers gaped at the view, pointed our cameras and counted...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 6:24 PM
Crestwood's former water supervisor may have signed public documents that concealed the use of a contaminated well, but she was merely a clerk who took orders from top village officials, one of her attorneys told a federal jury Tuesday.
| Apr 29, 2013
| 6:03 PM
A federal jury didn't hear from prosecutors about toxic chemicals in the drinking water of south suburban Crestwood. Or about higher-than-normal cancer rates in the working-class village.
But on Monday, the jury ensured that the only public official...
| Apr 12, 2013
A state inspector visiting south suburban Crestwood in 2007 had a question for one of its top water officials: How could the village have pumped out more water than it had claimed to purchase from nearby Alsip?
Certified water operator Frank Scaccia...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Chicago-area beaches were closed today because of high waves and rip currents, while city beaches had advisories and some were closed because of Lake Michigan weather.
Beaches in Evanston, Wilmette and Winnetka were closed because of high waves and...