The legal settlement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration comes as General Iron Industries seeks final city approval to move from wealthy, predominantly white Lincoln Park to a low-income, mostly Latino neighborhood on the Southeast Side.
In a 2014 petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act, the number of monarchs was estimated at 35 million, down from 1 billion butterflies east of the Rockies less than 20 years earlier.
Vistra Energy absorbed nine of the state’s coal plants during a corporate merger just two years ago. Like its predecessors, the company found it increasingly difficult to profit from burning coal amid competition from cheaper, cleaner natural gas and renewable energy.
Workers from the Shedd Aquarium and Cook County Forest Preserves spent a few days this week searching Poplar Creek and tagging more than 100 freshwater mussels, a group researchers say is among the most endangered in the world.
As Chicagoans return to the lakefront and the 18-mile Lakefront Trail, which officially reopens in most areas Monday, they will notice waves lapping onto flooded pathways, disappearing beaches, submerged breakwaters and stone revetments unable to hold back the pulsating water.
Average daily soot concentrations in the region declined by only 1% last month compared with April 2019, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis. By contrast, soot levels in New York City dropped 28% last month.