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Activists push to save rare wetlands on school property

Students, environmentalists and others are trying to convince officials at an Illinois junior college not to sell school property that includes a rare type of wetland to a developer who hopes to extend a road — an effort that comes at a time when the state's budget crisis has higher education institutions scrambling to raise money.

According to The Daily Southtown, (, the group wants to preserve what's called a fen — a wetland where water seeping through limestone becomes alkaline and limits the number of plant species that can grow there. It argues that the area is threatened by a developer's plans to build a mall on 265 acres near property owned by Joliet...