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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jul 16, 2014

Consumers Target Walgreens Over 'Toxic Products'; Public Pressure Grows Over Antibiotics Use In Livestock (VIDEO)

A small group of health advocates, dog owners and Walgreens customers in Chicago called on the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to remove products that, they say, contain harmful chemicals from its shelves.

"Many major retailers in the Chicago area such as Target, Bed Bath & (Beyond), even Walmart have taken direct action to begin to remove some of the worst toxic chemicals from their products, and unfortunately, Walgreens, the flagship of Illinois, has refused to make a commitment to take action on these products," said Lynda DeLaforgue, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois, which organized the Wednesday morning protest outside of the new Walgreens store at 410 N. Michigan Ave. in the Wrigley Building.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jul 2, 2014

Report: 10 Percent Of Illinois Beach Water Samples Have Unsafe Bacteria Levels

Hitting the beach this Fourth of July holiday?

A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggests that swimmers take precautions to avoid getting sick from beach water that might be contaminated.

The NRDC's annual "Testing the Waters" report showed that 10 percent of water samples taken last year from 49 monitored Illinois coastal beaches and beach segments — all located in Cook and Lake counties — tested positive for high levels of bacteria from human or animal waste.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Jul 3, 2013

Illinois Beaches Experience High Levels Of Contamination, Report Finds

Ten percent of water samples taken from the 65 beaches and beach segments of Illinois in 2012 tested positive for high levels of bacteria, according to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Illinois ranked 24th out of 30 states evaluated for beach water quality last year in the NRDC’s annual “Testing The Water” report. The state, which rose from being ranked 28th in 2011, has 52 public swimming beaches along the coast of Lake Michigan.

“We have a closed system here in the Great Lakes, and all of our pollution tends to linger,” said Karen Hobbs, senior policy analyst with NRDC. “It’s hard to say exactly what’s happening in Illinois. That’s why its important for beach managers to be proactive and be out there testing the water and identifying the sources of pollution.”