Neighborhood and environmental activists are celebrating as Chicago’s last two coal-fired electricity plants enter a three-month decommissioning phase. But the closings are leaving dozens of Midwest Generation workers without a job.
A new committee put together by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to find new uses for land currently held by two local coal-fired power plants -- Fisk and Crawford -- slated to close in the next two years.
The city of Chicago could be near the end of a five-year legal battle for control of a former industrial site with potential to help form a 24-acre park. If an eminent-domain settlement holds up, the land could be an asset for a Mexican-American area of the Southwest Side.
A top Chicago official is criticizing the way her party is filling her former Illinois House seat.
Susana Mendoza resigned as District 1 representative last month to become city clerk. To replace her, the district’s Democratic ward committeemen chose Chicago police Sgt. Dena Carli.