Durbin, Kirk: It’s Time To Clean Up Chicago River

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois’ two U.S. senators – and some other politicians – took a water taxi tour of the Chicago River Sunday before proclaiming that it’s time to clean it up.

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Senator Dick Durbin says it’s time.

“Chicago is the last city in America that has not tackled this issue of disinfecting the sewage that goes into its major river. Come on. We can do better,” he said.

Families in kayaks drifted by – and so did bottles – as the stench from the river filled the air at Lawrence Avenue.

Durbin says he will push for federal money for studies to begin the cleanup. This month, the river was called one of the dirtiest and most-endangered in the county.

The Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board has to approve the funding – and right now there’s apparently a difference of opinion on the board.

For instance, the board president wasn’t on the water taxi tour or at the news conference.

  • kay

    I know, how about it’s TIME TO BALANCE THE BUDGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Really, should you be looking for more task when you have even completed a core task?
    The river has needed to be clean up for years, do you really think your public can be destracted so easily?
    Let me help you get back on track:
    1. Balance the budget
    2. Take this year to look at cost effective ways to clean the river the right way .
    3. I’m sure this research can be done by the senators, without hiring and paying an independent firm.
    4. Get to work, stop sight seeing……………….

  • kay

    Sorry, tasks & haven’t and 3 is really part of 2.
    I am just so angry that many people do not know if they will have a job or not depending on the budget, and that schools can not plan for next year because there is no budget.
    Because these guys only seem to move when an election is looming, lets look into how to remove them from office, pick one as an example and go forth.

  • fizzy

    I’m tired of my comments not being posted here. I give educated comments, but perhaps about the wrong party. Freedom of the press vs freedom of speech.
    I’ve always been polite. Nice to hear from Kay, and Kay only. Most residents of Chicago and vicinity have known from their parents, parents that if you fall in the Chicago river you have to be decontaminated. I left out any mention of politician’s so let’s see if this gets posted.

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