| 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...
| May 24, 2012
In a move that promises cleaner air throughout the Chicago area, BP on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $400 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at the oil company's sprawling refinery in northwest Indiana.
| 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......
| Jul 24, 2010
| 1:47 AM
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.
| Aug 4, 2010
| 6:55 PM
(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,...
| Aug 19, 2010
| 8:39 PM
In virtually every other city in the nation, it would be illegal to pump out partially treated sewage teeming with the amount of disease-causing bacteria that churns endlessly into the Chicago River.
That may soon change for Chicago. But as a state...
| Jul 20, 2011
Metra appears to have found a way to dramatically clean up the air inside its stainless-steel cars, but spikes of lung- and heart-damaging diesel pollution will remain a lingering problem on the platforms at Chicago's major rail stations.
| Aug 6, 2011
Chicago's first round of testing for a toxic metal called hexavalent chromium found that levels in local drinking water are more than 11 times higher than a health standard California adopted last month.
But it could take years before anything is done...
| Aug 6, 2011
Trace amounts of sex hormones, prescription drugs, flame retardants and herbicides are being detected in treated drinking water pumped to more than 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs.
In the latest round of testing prompted by a 2008 Tribune...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 7:49 PM
Fallout from Japan's crippled nuclear reactors already is being detected thousands of miles away. But scientists who track pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean say the amount of radioactivity should pose no danger to the United States.
| 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...