Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The Illinois attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Trump Tower in Chicago, alleging that it is releasing millions of gallons of water into the Chicago River without having conducted required studies on pollution or the impact on fish. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, said she filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. She said that the building takes in almost 20 million gallons of water per day from the river to cool the property's heating and ventilation systems, and that heated water is later discarded into the river. Madigan's office also said that federal law requires "extensive studies of Chicago River fish populations and the impact of the building’s water intake system" and that the property failed to submit study results to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 2013. It also says that Trump Tower's National Pollutant … [Read more...] about Illinois attorney general sues Trump Tower Chicago over water discharge into river
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois’ attorney general announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against Trump Tower in Chicago, alleging the violation of environmental laws and a threat to fish in the Chicago River. FILE PHOTO - Attorney General for the State of Illinois Lisa Madigan testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on protecting consumer information in Washington February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Cook County Circuit Court said the Trump International Hotel & Tower releases millions of gallons of water into the river each day in order to cool various systems in the building. It also says the 92-story residential tower and hotel has failed to conduct federally mandated studies on the impact of the water’s release into the river, and that the water’s release poses a threat to aquatic life. “Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River … [Read more...] about Illinois attorney general sues Trump Tower for river violations
Updated 6:01 pm CDT, Monday, July 23, 2018 Photo: Christopher Placek, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this July 2018 photo, a replica of the original McDonald's restaurant building with the tops of two golden arches already removed, sits empty in Des Plaines, Ill. McDonald's officials have confirmed that they intend to take down a replica of the hamburger chain's first restaurant. Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald. It served as a museum of the company's history. (Christopher Placek/Daily Herald, via AP) less In this July 2018 photo, a replica of the original McDonald's restaurant building with the tops of two golden arches already removed, sits empty in Des Plaines, Ill. McDonald's officials have confirmed that ... more … [Read more...] about McDonalds: Illinois chain museum will still be taken down
INDIANAPOLIS — Likely every Northwest Indiana motorist has been stuck in traffic or forced to find a detour due to a stopped train blocking a rail crossing for longer than 10 minutes.Under Indiana law, railroads are subject to fines of between $250 and $500 every time that happens. Over the years, police in many Region communities have ticketed trains for blocking their streets.But now Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is challenging the validity of that law after racking up 23 Allen County citations for violating Indiana's Blocked Crossing Statute.Its attorney, Raymond Atkins, argued Thursday to the Indiana Supreme Court that the infractions should be thrown out, and the law no longer enforced. He said federal laws prohibit states from enacting statutes that attempt to "manage or govern rail transportation," or otherwise impede the safe operation of trains.Atkins said if rail companies are required to comply with Indiana's blocked-crossing law, they either will have to run shorter … [Read more...] about Will Indiana localities continue to be permitted to fine railroads when stopped trains block street crossings?
ST. LOUIS • Sitting on the foundation of a long-gone building, on an overgrown lot where the city's homeless go to get high or hook up, Para Battle needs a fix of K2.It's a weekday, a little before noon, in a forgotten part of town a half mile north of the heart of the city's loft district.She is talking fast, her eyes focused on nothing in particular. "I got to have it every hour, every hour," Battle, 40, said. "It makes me sick if I don't have it."K2 is the common name for synthetic cannabinoids, often referred to as fake weed. It comes in hundreds of forms and its makeup changes often, usually to stay one step ahead of law enforcement. Once an ingredient is outlawed, K2 makers simply come up with a new recipe.Adding to their concern is a deadly strain that hospitalized a man in St. Louis for six days last month and is sweeping through Illinois, where three people have died and another 123 have been admitted for medical treatment. Tests have confirmed the deadly batch is made … [Read more...] about Deadly strain of K2 that’s killed in Illinois has landed in St. Louis