Fracking (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

USGS: More Data Needed To Assess Any Fracking-Pollution Link

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey says more data is needed to be able to say for sure if a link exists between unconventional oil and gas development and degraded water quality.


(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Environmentalist Warns Toxic Algae Bloom Could Happen In Lake Michigan

As the toxic algae problem wanes in Toledo, a Chicago environmentalist says it could foreshadow the future of Lake Michigan, unless government gets to work.


Chicago River

Environmentalists Urge Congress To Strengthen Clean Water Act

Environment Illinois campaign director Lisa Nikodem said the group’s “Wasting Our Waterways” report reveals there’s a lot of work to be done to prevent pollution of waterways that feed into Lake Michigan.


The Fox River in Geneva, Ill. (CBS)

Drought Helping Provide Data For Fox River Pollution Study

The lack of rain this summer might be killing your garden, but it’s actually good news for people studying the health of the Fox River.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012

Chicago River

State To Pump $10 Million Into Fund To Clean Up Chicago River

The State of Illinois plans to add $10 million to a $21 million fund to disinfect sewage flowing into the Chicago River, as Chicago joins other major cities in making the most of a natural asset.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2012

Coal-Fired Power Plant

Pilsen, Little Village Residents Sue Over Coal Plant Pollution

Residents of the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods have filed class-action lawsuits against two coal-fired power plants.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012


Report: Air Quality Getting Slightly Worse In Illinois

You might be inclined to hold your breath upon hearing this news – air quality in Illinois is getting a little worse.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

Metra locomotive (CBS File Photo)

Metra Taking Action To Curb Pollution On Trains

Metra has been working to identify the sources of air pollution on its trains, and now the commuter rail agency is taking action.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2011


Power Plant On Illinois-Indiana State Line To Close

A power plant on the Illinois-Indiana state line is shutting down, in a move that will do away with a big pollution source.

CBS Chicago–05/06/2011

Manuel Perez School

Pilsen Neighbors: Clean Toxic Lead At School

People in the Pilsen neighborhood are calling on the federal government to clean up toxic lead near a school.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2011

Metra Train

Report: Metra Pollution Worse Than Thought

An examination of Metra’s pollution problems reveals riders may be at greater risk than originally believed.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2011

Coal-Fired Power Plant

Agreement To Cut Pollution In Northwest Indiana

An agreement has reportedly been reached aimed at reducing air pollution along the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2011

Metra Train

Metra Task Force Tackles Pollution Problems

A Metra task force meets today as it probes high levels of pollution recently revealed by an independent investigation.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2010