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Lawmakers Consider Water Safety Bill

Lawmakers Consider Water Safety Bill

A new bill requiring public water suppliers to notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before their water supply hits unsafe contaminant levels unanimously passed a key environmental state panel earlier this month. The Illinois EPA proposed the bill to correct any contamination problems before they become a larger issue, said John Cross, the agency’s legislative […]

Austin Spelling Bee Gives Kids a Lift

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Austin Spelling Bee Gives Kids a Lift

Sherron Parker, a fifth-grader at May Community Academy, 512 S. Lavergne Ave., was once just a normal kid, attending school in her Austin neighborhood and hanging out with her friends. But since winning first place in her age group in a community-wide spelling bee last year, Sherron, 10, is now like a rock star. “Everybody is […]

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Downstate Park Could Close Due to State Budget Woes

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A one-of-a-kind state park in downstate Illinois could be in danger of closing its gates if its state funding is cut. Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget, unveiled last week, eliminates a big chunk of money heavily relied upon by the Wildlife Prairie State Park, located just outside Peoria. “The park will close if sufficient community interest […]

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Some See Silver Lining in Park National Bank Cloud

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Some See Silver Lining in Park National Bank Cloud

No matter what the outcome in the Park National Bank seizure, the situation has broken down barriers between the Austin community and Oak Park residents. It’s the silver lining in the cloud that has hung over those two communities since  October. That’s when the popular neighborhood bank, located in Oak Park, was seized by federal […]

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Cook County Falls Short of New Clean Air Standards

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Cook County Falls Short of New Clean Air Standards

Nancy Buckley knows all too well the ill effects of bad air. In the past year, the 44-year-old has been hospitalized three times due to severe asthma attacks. “It’s like somebody sticking a pillow over you and you’re trying to breathe through it,” said Buckley, who lives on the North Side of Chicago. “Treatments at […]

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New Regulations on Home Repairs Target Dangerous Lead Paint

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When Elaine Mohamed took her son, Zachary Vanderslice, for his regularly scheduled check-up, doctors found high levels of lead in the then 9-month-old child’s system. Mohamed, who lives in a 1920s property in East Rogers Park, hadn’t noticed any unusual symptoms in Zachary, now 8. She soon learned, however, that her apartment was filled with […]

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When Hal Emalfarb bought a hybrid Toyota Prius that he converted to an electric plug-in vehicle four months ago, he was thrilled to own a car with emission-free driving and greater energy efficiency. “This is something anybody can do,” said Emalfarb, whose 2008 Prius cost less than $25,000 including the conversion kit, and should save […]

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