| Jan 21, 2011
A monitor at George Washington High School on the Southeast Side shows that air in the neighborhood has the distinction of containing the state's highest levels of toxic heavy metals, chromium and cadmium, as well as sulfates, which can trigger asthma...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 2:19 PM
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today warned that budget battles in the nation’s capital could thwart Metra’s efforts to clean up toxic diesel pollution breathed every day by hundreds of thousands of Chicago-area commuters.
The 2011 spending bill...
| Mar 2, 2012
Making stretches of the Chicago River and other local waterways safer for recreation won't require a tax increase and will cost dramatically less than officials ominously predicted less than a year ago, according to documents filed Thursday by the...
| May 12, 2011
| 1:28 PM
The Tribune’s scoop about the Obama administration’s order to clean up the Chicago River came after years of reporting about the urban waterway. Taking multiple trips on the river, reading scores of dry-but-important documents and conducting...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 7:22 PM
Power plants around the Great Lakes are killing tens of millions of fish every year and nothing's being done to stop it; according to a Chicago Tribune environmental investigation published this week.
The report also said the Cook Nuclear Plant near...
| Jun 26, 2011
Cleaning up the Chicago River, a waterway engineered to flow backward and lined with dozens of sewage pipes, has always been a tough fight.
At the turn of the last century, officials reversed the river and started sending Chicago's waste toward the...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:40 PM
Federal and state authorities today unveiled a legal settlement intended to finally complete the Deep Tunnel, the Chicago region’s massive flood- and pollution-control project.
Relief from swamped basements and sewage overflows still is years away,...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The world's major manufacturers of flame retardants officially cut ties today with an industry-funded front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals in household furniture, electronics, baby products and other goods....
| May 4, 2012
| 11:17 PM
The Chicago Tribune won 13 awards from the Chicago Headline Club Friday night, including top awards in investigative reporting, breaking news, and local news coverage.
The annual Peter Lisagor Awards ceremony hosted by the country's largest Society of...
| May 11, 2012
Over the last week, we read "Playing With Fire," the chilling Tribune investigation by reporters Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne, with a growing sense of anger.
Anger at how a confluence of industry manipulation and government neglect...
| May 24, 2012
| 10:06 AM
This week, oil company BP agreed to cut air pollution at its Whiting refinery in a $400 million settlement with the federal government.
(The full story is here.)
What does this mean for us -- the refinery's neighbors? The Tribune's environmental...