| Feb 18, 2011
| 2:19 PM
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today warned that budget battles in the nation’s capital could thwart Metra’s efforts to clean up toxic diesel pollution breathed every day by hundreds of thousands of Chicago-area commuters.
The 2011 spending bill...
| May 4, 2012
| 11:17 PM
The Chicago Tribune won 13 awards from the Chicago Headline Club Friday night, including top awards in investigative reporting, breaking news, and local news coverage.
The annual Peter Lisagor Awards ceremony hosted by the country's largest Society of...
| May 11, 2012
Over the last week, we read "Playing With Fire," the chilling Tribune investigation by reporters Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne, with a growing sense of anger.
Anger at how a confluence of industry manipulation and government neglect...
| May 24, 2012
| 10:06 AM
This week, oil company BP agreed to cut air pollution at its Whiting refinery in a $400 million settlement with the federal government.
(The full story is here.)
What does this mean for us -- the refinery's neighbors? The Tribune's environmental...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:40 PM
Federal and state authorities today unveiled a legal settlement intended to finally complete the Deep Tunnel, the Chicago region’s massive flood- and pollution-control project.
Relief from swamped basements and sewage overflows still is years away,...
| Mar 2, 2012
Making stretches of the Chicago River and other local waterways safer for recreation won't require a tax increase and will cost dramatically less than officials ominously predicted less than a year ago, according to documents filed Thursday by the...
| May 12, 2011
| 1:28 PM
The Tribune’s scoop about the Obama administration’s order to clean up the Chicago River came after years of reporting about the urban waterway. Taking multiple trips on the river, reading scores of dry-but-important documents and conducting...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The world's major manufacturers of flame retardants officially cut ties today with an industry-funded front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals in household furniture, electronics, baby products and other goods....
| Jul 15, 2007
The massive BP oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., is planning to dump significantly more ammonia and industrial sludge into Lake Michigan, running counter to years of efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.
Indiana regulators exempted BP from state...
| Mar 11, 2009
In a pool of water just a football field away from Lake Michigan, about 1,000 tons of highly radioactive fuel from the scuttled Zion Nuclear Power Station is waiting for someplace else to spend a few thousand years.
The wait just got longer.
| 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 1, 2007
| 5:10 AM
Rebuffing bipartisan pressure from members of Congress, the Bush administration's top environmental regulator on Tuesday declined to stop the BP refinery in northwest Indiana from dumping more pollution into Lake Michigan.