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  • Chicago water: In public reports, city silent over sex hormones and painkillers found in treated drinking water

    Annual water quality reports mailed to Chicagoans this month didn't say a word about sex hormones, painkillers or anti-cholesterol drugs, even though city officials found traces of pharmaceuticals and other unregulated substances in treated Lake...
  • Air pollution lawsuit: Federal and state lawyers sue Midwest Generation over Illinois power plant emissions

    Air pollution lawsuit: Federal and state lawyers sue Midwest Generation over Illinois power plant emissions
    From the outside, the power plant that towers above Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood looks like a sooty relic from the early part of the last century. The Fisk plant has been burning coal to generate electricity on the Near West Side since 1903. But federal...
  • Illinois open records law often a closed door

    Illinois open records law often a closed door
    Cindy Sauer had a 7-year-old daughter with brain cancer, a Minooka home near two nuclear power plants and a hope that she might find clues linking the two buried in records of government regulators. In 2002, without the benefit of lawyers to tailor her...
  • Nuclear waste has no place to go

    Nuclear waste has no place to go
    In a pool of water just a football field away from Lake Michigan, about 1,000 tons of highly radioactive fuel from the scuttled Zion Nuclear Power Station is waiting for someplace else to spend a few thousand years. The wait just got longer. President...
  • Cleaners leave a toxic legacy

    For decades, one of the nation's most widely used dry cleaning solvents was billed as a marvel of modern chemistry that could safely remove dirt and stains from clothing. Shops sprang up to take advantage of the chemical, perchloroethylene, also known as...
  • A polluters' paradise?

    Toxic sludge oozed out of rusty barrels, soaked through cardboard boxes and spilled over frothy vats inside a west suburban warehouse raided by state inspectors in January 2008. Even though the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had plenty of...
  • Crestwood residents in dark on cancer

    Six months after state health officials declared their investigation of cancer rates in south suburban Crestwood was almost complete, they have yet to release the results. The Illinois Department of Public Health, which earlier had failed to notify...
  • EPA targets coal-fired power plants

    In a move that portends cleaner air in Chicago and other communities east of the Mississippi, the Obama administration cracked down Tuesday on smog- and soot-forming pollution from coal-fired power plants in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The...
  • Looking at the food pyramid

    Looking at the food pyramid
    Every five years the American public gets a newly tweaked directive on what we're supposed to be eating. And every five years the American public largely ignores it. For example, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we eat 2 1/2 cups of...
  • Prairie State coal-fired plant to cap costs

    Prairie State coal-fired plant to cap costs
    Under pressure to hold down skyrocketing costs that promise more expensive electric bills for dozens of Midwest cities, developers agreed Friday to cap the construction budget for a massive coal-fired power plant in downstate Illinois. The Prairie...
  • Tribune watchdog update

    Tribune watchdog update
    (Click on "What we found" to read the original Tribune investigation.) Lake County's DNA doubts What we found: In December 2008, the Tribune detailed how Lake County prosecutors were pressing ahead on three cases, including one against Jerry Hobbs,...