| Mar 6, 2013
If you read the Chicago Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series about the deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries to introduce toxic flame retardants into our homes -- and ultimately into our bodies -- you won't be surprised that it won...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Federal officials vowed Wednesday to conduct an emergency cleanup of a lead-contaminated lot near a Pilsen elementary school, more than six years after authorities first identified the hazards.
The Tribune reported in November that the lot had not been...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Though obscure, fire-safety rules in California have a huge impact on consumers everywhere in the country because they influence how manufacturers make furniture sold in all states.
Under a current California rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, foam...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Owners of a smelting facility linked to dangerous levels of lead in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the toxic metal.
In a legal settlement announced today by federal and state officials, H....
| Nov 23, 2012
Federal and state officials have known for more than six years about hazardous levels of brain-damaging lead in a vacant lot near Walsh Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
Yet even after field investigators raised alarms about children...
| Jan 11, 2011
| 4:56 PM
Chicago will begin routine testing for hexavalent chromium after a recent study found worrisome levels of the cancer-causing metal in tap water pumped to 7 million people in the city and suburbs.
City officials announced the additional testing Tuesday,...
| Jul 20, 2010
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...
| Dec 20, 2010
| 4:33 PM
A type of chromium linked to cancer is turning up in tap water in more than two dozen cities, including Riverside, according to a study that urges federal regulators to adopt tougher standards. Even though scientists at the U.S. Environmental......
| Jun 2, 2010
| 4:33 PM
It seems like a simple choice: Would we rather have a Chicago River that is clean enough for fish to flourish and people to swim? Or would we prefer to let polluters go on dumping filth into the city's chief......
| Apr 18, 2010
Despite growing health concerns about atrazine, an agricultural weedkiller sprayed on farm fields across the Midwest, most drinking water is tested for the chemical only four times a year -- so rarely that worrisome spikes of the chemical likely go...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 11:48 AM
Federal and state officials are cracking down on a smelter in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood after tracing high levels of toxic lead in the air outside an elementary school less than two blocks away.
In a legal complaint filed today, the U.S....
| May 8, 2011
| 11:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune won 12 Peter Lisagor Awards Friday night in a competition sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club.
The Tribune's investigative series "Deadly Neglect," written by reporters Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins, took home the Watchdog Award...