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04/24/2015Utility Proposes $750M Gas-fired Power Plant in Beloit, Wis.

April 24--Alliant Energy Corp. asked state regulators Friday to approve a natural gas-fueled power plant in Beloit that it said will help provide customers with cleaner power than the coal plants it's shutting down. The Madison-based energy company, which first announced the project last fall, said the power plant is expected to cost $750 million. It's the first new power plant application the ...
04/24/2015Ill. Tollway Ends Deal That Guaranteed Union Labor on Projects

April 24--The Illinois Tollway board Thursday voted to scrap a 20-year-old agreement that requires contractors to use union workers on construction projects in exchange for assurances against strikes, slowdowns or walkouts. By a 6-3 vote -- a rare show of disagreement -- Illinois State Toll Highway Authority directors ended the so-called Multi-Project Labor Agreement. The agreement required ...
04/26/2015Next Hurdle for Detroit Red Wings Arena: Historic Demolition

April 26--Plans for the new Red Wings arena face another bureaucratic hurdle now that the Detroit City Council approved a rezoning ordinance to advance the project. Olympia Development of Michigan, the Ilitch Holdings company building the arena, is asking the Detroit Historic District Commission for permission to tear down the vacant Park Avenue Hotel -- a 13-story Italian Renaissance-inspired ...
04/20/2015St. Croix River Bridge Work Resumes After Contract Dispute

April 20--The 125 or so ironworkers pulled from the St. Croix River bridge construction site on Friday are expected back on the job this week. A contractual dispute between J&L Steel and Electrical Services, a Hudson, Wis.-based subcontractor on the bridge superstructure, and the Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, the primary contractor, led to the workers leaving the job site Friday afternoon. ...
04/21/2015$6.6B Transportation Bill to be Debated in Minn. House

April 21--A $7 billion transportation bill that seeks to fix Minnesota's ailing roads and bridges, but limits new spending on mass transit, will be debated by lawmakers on the House floor Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol. The Republican plan calls for $6.6 billion to be spent on the state's aging infrastructure over the next two years, but caps spending on metro-area transit projects, ...
04/22/2015Ill. Transportation 'Listening Tour' Kicks Off Next Week

April 22--A transportation infrastructure "listening tour" with more than 30 stops across Illinois will kick off next week to solicit ideas from the public about prioritizing spending, officials announced Tuesday. The road show, which will start downstate and travel to the Chicago area in May, is being held at a critical time. The list of roads and bridges rated in unsatisfactory condition is ...
04/21/2015Wrigley Field Rooftop Owners Drop Lawsuit Against City of Chicago

April 21--A federal judge last week granted a request by owners of Wrigley rooftop businesses to withdraw their lawsuit against the city of Chicago and its Landmarks Commission, which sought to throw out the panel's decision allowing the Cubs to install its outfield signs. The businesses, Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, did not give any reason for their voluntary dismissal, ...
04/20/2015Iron Workers Expected to Return to St. Croix Bridge Site After Contract Dispute

April 20--The 150 or so ironworkers pulled from the St. Croix River bridge construction site Friday are expected back on the job this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. A contractual dispute between J&L Steel and Electrical Services, a Hudson, Wis.-based subcontractor on the bridge superstructure, and the Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, the primary contractor, led to workers leaving the job site ...
04/21/2015Report: Worsening Roads Could Derail Mich. Economy

April 21--Michigan's poor roads threaten to derail its economic recovery, according to a new report by a national transportation research group. "Your transportation system is tied very much to your economic system," said Rocky Moretti, director of policy and research for TRIP, a national research group funded by insurance companies, road builders and equipment manufacturers among others. ...
04/19/2015Cross-state Transmission Line Faces Uncertainty in Mo.

April 19--Developers of a cross-state transmission line say there is overwhelming demand for capacity to transmit wind power, but opposition still threatens to undermine the project. Clean Line Energy Partners, the Houston company behind construction of the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line, said it has received requests to transmit 20,600 megawatts of electricity on the line, more than 4.5 ...
04/18/2015Legislators Digging in on Milwaukee Contribution to New Arena

April 18--Leaders of Wisconsin's powerful Joint Finance Committee are putting more pressure on Milwaukee officials, saying nothing will happen on any financing plan for a new downtown arena without a bigger financial commitment from the city and county. Framing their position in ever-starker terms, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) also suggested Mayor Tom ...
04/18/2015OPINION: Jeanne Gang Does Better in Second Version of New Chicago Skyscraper

April 18--It's a good thing that the Jeanne Gang-designed Wanda Vista Tower has improved considerably since it was shown last year. In classic Chicago fashion, the public review process for the proposed riverfront hotel and condominium skyscraper is anything but squeaky clean. As the Tribune disclosed in February, executives, employees and other people associated with the project's ...
04/20/2015Milwaukee Approves $100M in Low-Interest Debt for Sewerage Projects

April 20--The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will take on $100 million in low-interest debt by May 11 to pay for construction and equipment replacement projects in 2015 and 2016, following unanimous approval Monday by the district's commission. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. of New York was the low bidder for the sale of $100 million worth of general obligation notes at an interest ...
04/14/2015Detroit City Council Delays Vote on Red Wings Arena Again

April 14--The Detroit City Council once again pushed back a crucial vote needed to start construction of the new Red Wings arena, raising concerns from the developer that further delays beyond next week could jeopardize the arena's planned opening in 2017. The council voted 6-3 on Monday to postpone the vote on a rezoning proposal until next Tuesday's council meeting. More time is needed ...
04/13/2015Cross-state Transmission Line Developers Submit Plans to Ill.

April 13--Developers behind a cross-state transmission line project submitted plans to Illinois regulators for the portion of the line that crosses the state from Missouri to Indiana. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners has been working for years on several large electricity transmission projects, including the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line. Clean Line aims to cash in on wind energy ...
04/13/2015New High-rise Apartments Planned for Kansas City's Crossroads District

April 13--Copaken Brooks and EPC Real Estate Group said today that they expect to begin construction this fall on the first-ever high-rise built-from-scratch apartment building in the Crossroads District. A 12-story, 125-unit tower, named ARTerra, is planned for 21st and Wyandotte streets. The project is slated to include a three-story parking garage and 2,000 square feet of retail space on ...
04/13/2015City Council Expected to Vote on Detroit Hockey Arena Today

April 13--The Detroit City Council is set to vote this afternoon on a rezoning request needed to start full construction of the new Red Wings arena. The vote was expected last week but postponed to ensure the request, which involves detailed architectural drawings and companion legislation, is properly written and without any technical errors. The council meeting is at 1 p.m. at the Coleman A. ...
04/14/2015Jeanne Gang-Designed Skyscraper Could be Third-tallest—or Fifth-tallest—in Chicago

April 14--The outlines of what could be Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project's developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower -- a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city's skyline. Backed by China's Wanda Group and Chicago's Magellan Development Group the new version of the tower ...
04/14/2015Plans Advance for 308-acre Business Park Near Kenosha, Wis.

April 14--A Chicago-area firm's proposal for a 308-acre business park near Kenosha has won its first approval. First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. wants to develop light industrial buildings on what is now farm land east of 88th Ave./Highway H and north of 38th St./Highway S, in the Town of Somers. The Plan Commission at its Monday night meeting recommended approval of First Industrial's ...
04/15/2015Construction to Begin on Long-delayed Wauwatosa, Wis., Hotel

April 15--Construction is to begin in May on a long-delayed hotel project at Wauwatosa's Innovation Campus development. Jacksonville, Ill.-based Hospitality Specialists Inc. is developing a 128-room Marriott Residence Inn about one block north of W. Watertown Plank Road, east of Discovery Parkway. It will take 15 to 18 months to complete the hotel, said David Gilbert, president of the ...
04/16/2015Petition Urges Milwaukee Officials to Commit More for Arena

April 16--An online petition calling on Mayor Tom Barrett and the city to make a significant investment in a new downtown arena does not have the support of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The petition urges Barrett "to show leadership and make a significant investment in a new downtown arena." "If the (Milwaukee) Bucks leave it will be a black eye to Milwaukee. It will be ...
04/17/2015Blair Kamin: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Fights for Survival

April 17--The board of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency on Thursday assailed Gov. Bruce Rauner's push to eliminate the agency, saying the move could force some state historic sites to close and would hinder a program that has helped generate more than $1 billion in construction spending. "Governor Rauner and the General Assembly have a difficult task in trying to deal with the state's ...
04/17/2015Ill. Gov Faces Challenge With Proposed Lake County Tollway

April 17--Along with solving the state's budget deficit and pension crisis, Gov. Bruce Rauner has another multibillion-dollar decision on his to-do list: Whether to green-light the controversial extension of Route 53 through Lake County. County officials are urging that the Illinois Tollway adopt the long-debated project, which advocates say would alleviate acute congestion on county roads. ...
04/09/2015Engineering Firm Issues Report on Causes of Stains on St. Louis Gateway Arch

April 09--ST. LOUIS -- Mysterious stains on the surface of the Gateway Arch are caused from the monument's original construction, residue accumulation, and graffiti, according to an engineering report released on Thursday. But don't expect the dirt and stains to be swept away. A National Park Service official said on Thursday an overall cleaning of the monument is "not feasible." The report, ...
04/07/2015Lawsuit Threatened if St. Louis Helps Pay for New NFL Stadium

April 07--ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis University legal team has demanded the city of St. Louis reveal plans to use public money to pay for a new downtown football stadium, and schedule a public vote, or expect a lawsuit. The letter threatens to further cloud the financing of Gov. Jay Nixon's $985 million riverfront arena proposal, and hopes of keeping the National Football League in St. Louis. ...

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