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Downstream From Foxconn, Anxiety Mounts In Illinois Over Floods

By Scott Gordon/WisContext

Flooding along the Des Plaines River in northeastern Illinois in the summer of 2017 damaged more than 6,000 buildings and prompted disaster declarations across three of the state's counties. These floods broke records previously set in 2013, when the Des Plaines and other rivers around Chicago swelled with torrential rains. In June 2018, the Des Plaines flooded yet again, as did the Fox River to the west.

The Des Plaines begins at the southern edge of Racine County in Wisconsin and, after a pair of bends in Kenosha County, flows south, then slightly southeast, for 133 miles through Chicago's suburbs until it meets the Kankakee River to form the Illinois River, which flows westward into the Mississippi. Just like watersheds around Wisconsin, the Des Plaines watershed has experienced heightened flooding in recent years, and could be in for a lot more, as climate change increases projected levels of precipitation in the Midwest and the likelihood of extreme rainfall events.

Local and state officials in Illinois are beginning to worry about another force that could direct more water into the Des Plaines: The large campus Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn is building in the Racine County village of Mount Pleasant. In fact, without adequate countermeasures, any future development in either southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois - which are populous and extensively developed areas already - could make these areas more vulnerable to flooding.

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Posted on August 8, 2018

Taxicab Journals

Cab #1555

I kept desperately pushing on that sound icon on the TV screen and nothing.
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Posted on January 6, 2016
Open Letter

Open Letter

Dear Asses Of Chicago Commuters:
This crowding reduction plan isn't working at all for your human.
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Posted on January 29, 2013
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I Am A Retail Warrior: Throw The Dog A Birthday Bone!

By Jane Harper
At that point, I was kind of hoping the dog was back at home chewing up her hand-sewn Italian leather shoes.
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Posted on October 19, 2015

Downstream From Foxconn, Anxiety Mounts In Illinois Over Floods

By Scott Gordon/WisContext
"If you fill in 26 acres of wetlands, there is going to be a downstream impact," said Aaron Lawlor, chair of the Lake County Board.

Posted on August 8, 2018

Ghana Fest 2018

More Than 20,000 Ghanaians In Chicago
30th annual.

Posted on August 6, 2018

Topcon Solutions Store Welcomes 2018 Topcon Technology Roadshow To Chicagoland

By Topcon
"We are excited to help Chicago-area positioning professionals make informed positioning technology decisions."

Posted on August 1, 2018

Chicagoetry: A Tree Grows In Peotone

By J.J. Tindall
And within it rests a bird named Tomorrow.

Posted on July 31, 2018

Happy Birthday, U.S. Postal Inspection Service

By The U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Ride, Postman, ride!

Posted on August 2, 2018

Pilcher Park Now A Dedicated Nature Preserve

By The Illinois Audobon Society
Outstanding spring wildflowers displays, old-growth trees, awesome birds, a kick-ass greenhouse and a cool-ass dam.

Posted on July 18, 2018

Chicagoetry: Wells At Dearborn

By J.J. Tindall
Private contractors to clean toilets, run chow halls, build gyms, train bomb-sniffing dogs, service the phones. A TGI Fridays, a Nathan's, a KFC, an ice cream stand, pizza by the slice . . .

Posted on July 15, 2018

The Lost Children Of Chon Thanh

By The National Veterans Art Museum
This exhibit in Chicago juxtaposes images of children photographed by U.S. Army medic Bob "Doc" Shirley in Chon Thanh, Vietnam in 1969 with recent photographs by Reed Young of the same children taken nearly 50 years later.

Posted on July 11, 2018

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