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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:54pm
Tue Mar 3

Environmental, Maritime Industry Groups Sound Off On Federal Ballast Water Bill

Progress Illinois takes a look at the debate over pending federal legislation seeking to streamline regulations governing ballast water discharged by ships.

PI Original
by Anthony Burke Boylan
2:12pm
Wed Jul 9, 2014

Transportation Officials, Chicagoans Discuss Ways To 'Redefine' Lake Shore Drive

North Lake Shore Drive, one of the most iconic stretches of road in America, needs major updates and improvements to accommodate increased use, according to local planning officials. Progress Illinois details the happenings at a meeting held Tuesday to discuss ways to "Redefine The Drive." 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:57pm
Thu Mar 27, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Wage Fight Against Water-Polluting Agents In Cosmetic Products; BP Oil Spill Clean Up Continues (UPDATED)

An extremely small plastic pollutant poses a big threat to the health of the Great Lakes and the state's environment. And some Illinois lawmakers are looking to take action against the problem.

At issue are the super-tiny plastic beads used in hundreds of personal cosmetic products like facial wash, body scrubs and even toothpaste. According to scientists, tens of millions of these little plastic particles have made their way into the Great Lakes.

The cosmetic microbeads, which are less than 5 millimeters in size and commonly used to help with exfoliation, often get washed down household drains. Because the plastic beads are so small, they are not captured during the water treatment process, allowing them to get into waterways.

"There's no way to recover those materials once they're out in open waters," said Olga Lyandres, research manager at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. "Once they enter the environment, they stay there."