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04/18/2014Environmental Groups File Suit to Stop $1.3B Illiana Toll Road Proposal

April 18--Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit today to block the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana toll road that would serve primarily as a trucking corridor linking interstates in Illinois and Indiana. The lawsuit challenges the Illinois Department of Transportation's authority to build the toll road running through Will County, saying the Illiana's approval violated state law. The ...
04/16/2014Northwestern Mutual Selects General Contractor for $450M Milwaukee Office Tower

April 16--Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt Inc. have been chosen to serve as general contractor for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s planned 32-story lakefront tower, putting companies with strong local ties at the center of one of Milwaukee's most important projects, the insurer said Wednesday. Northwestern Mutual said it vetted a broad range of contractors with the expertise and ...
04/17/2014Minnesota Power Seeks Regulatory Approval for 350-Mile Transmission Line

April 17--Minnesota Power, the biggest utility in northern Minnesota, on Wednesday formally started the regulatory process to build a 350-mile power line that could cost up to $650 million, a project so big it has its own name -- the Great Northern Transmission Line. The line has been under development by the Duluth-based utility since 2012 after striking an innovative deal with Manitoba Hydro ...
04/16/2014Miron Construction To Pay $4M to Settle Overbilling Claims

April 16--Miron Construction Co. Inc., one of the state's largest construction firms, will pay $4 million, change some of its accounting practices and operate with oversight from an independent monitor in order to resolve an FBI investigation into allegations that the company overbilled public school districts, documents released Tuesday show. The "non-prosecution agreement" was signed in ...
04/16/2014Transportation Sales Tax Must Clear Hurdles in Mo. Senate

April 16--JEFFERSON CITY -- A one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs in the state faces continued opposition from one Missouri senator who helped kill the proposal in a late-session filibuster last year. Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, said his opposition to raising the sales tax has not changed. "We are very close to being perceived as a high tax state," Lamping said. "My disagreement is ...
04/13/2014Mo. Lawmakers Seek to Block Transmission Lines

April 13--JEFFERSON CITY -- Two different transmission lines that would cross through Missouri but end and begin in other states are the targets of lawmakers who want to stop the projects from using eminent domain. The transmission lines already have raised the ire of landowners, who worry that the lines will ruin property values and interfere with their use of the land. Now action in the ...
04/16/2014Northwestern Mutual Selects Builder for $450M Milwaukee Tower

April 16--Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt Inc. have been chosen to serve as general contractor team for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s planned 32-story lakefront tower, putting companies with strong local ties at the center of one of Milwaukee's most important projects, the insurer said Wednesday. Northwestern Mutual said it vetted a broad range of contractors with the ...
04/13/2014Planned Nuclear Waste Facility Raises Fears for Great Lakes

April 13--Some materials that would be stored in a proposed underground nuclear waste facility less than a mile from Lake Huron are hundreds of times more radioactive than was told to Canadian government officials considering the site. That revelation was brought to light by Frank Greening, a nuclear scientist who once worked for Ontario Power Generation, the utility seeking the deep geologic ...
04/12/2014Rebounding Construction Industry in Wis. Looks to Apprentices to Fill Void

April 12--JANESVILLE -- Paul Wesling and Nick Tibbott work in different fields, but they are examples of a growing trend in the Wisconsin construction industry. Both are apprentices, filling positions employers and industry observers say are critical to an industry sector that's growing and in need of skilled workers. It wasn't all that long ago when Wisconsin contractors were suffering the ...
04/09/2014Speakers Blast Ameren Plan for Ash Landfill

April 09--WASHINGTON, Mo. -- Speaker after speaker drew applause Tuesday night as they railed against Ameren Missouri's plan for a coal ash landfill along the banks of the Missouri River. For Ameren, the packed Knights of Columbus meeting hall in Washington, Mo., was not a friendly audience. Only one person out of more than 100 present spoke in favor of the utility's plan to build a landfill ...
04/09/2014Mo. House OKs Sales Tax to Fund Transportation Spending

April 09--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri House approved putting a 1 cent sales tax increase for transportation on the ballot today. The 10-year penny tax hike would provide $800 million each year for maintenance and construction on roads, bridges and other transportation projects. Supporters said the money was needed to fill a hole in the Missouri Department of Transportation's budget, which ...
04/08/2014Regulator OKs Ameren Solar Project in Mo.

April 08--The Missouri Public Service Commission Tuesday approved Ameren Missouri's proposal for a 5.7 megawatt solar power array, the utility's first foray into commercial-scale solar generation. Ameren Missouri announced in January it planned to build a commercial solar array next to its substation in O'Fallon, Mo. The 19,000 solar panels planned for the 19-acre site at 1621 Highway 79 would ...
04/10/2014Indy Developer Pursuing $125M Apartment Plan

April 10--An Indianapolis developer with local roots is planning to build three separate downtown apartment projects totaling 661 units in the Quality Hill and the West Crossroads areas. Jim Thomas, a partner with Cityscape Residential who grew up in Raytown, wants to enter the urban market in a big way with an investment in new apartment construction totaling $125 million. If his development ...
04/10/2014Majority of Red Wings Arena Construction Jobs to Go to Detroiters

April 10--Just over half of the estimated 5,500 construction jobs being created by the Detroit Red Wings' new arena project will go to Detroit residents under a plan approved Wednesday by Detroit's Downtown Development Authority. The DDA approved a recommendation from Olympia Development, the private entity of the Ilitch family that owns the Red Wings, to hire a joint-venture construction ...
04/10/2014Ikea Investing in Ill. Wind Farm

April 10--Swedish home goods retailer Ikea is investing in an Illinois wind farm, the first time it has plunged money into such a project in the U.S. The wind farm, about 150 miles south of Chicago, is expected produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 34,000 homes and is part of IKEA's goal to offset its own electricity needs by 2020. The company said the wind farm is expected to ...
04/10/2014$225M in Upgrades to Restore Rail between Chicago, Rockford

April 10--Long-sought plans to restore passenger rail service next year between Chicago and Rockford got a boost Thursday with the announcement of a new route. Service between the two cities stopped in 1981. The new Amtrak service will begin in late 2015 with one roundtrip daily between Union Station and a temporary 7th Street station in Rockford, according to the Illinois Department of ...
04/07/2014Mich. Set to Enact New Oil and Gas Extraction Laws

April 07--New state laws enacted Tuesday could give old, no-longer-productive oil and natural gas wells in Michigan a new life -- injecting carbon dioxide gas into them to force up more product. But that could lead to an all-new network of pipelines in Michigan transporting carbon dioxide to the wells. And that causes landowners like Livingston County resident Beth Duman to cringe. Duman and ...
04/04/2014Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Calls for Revitalizing City Airport

April 04--Detroit's aging city airport could gain new life and again provide passenger service if a plan is approved to spend millions on a terminal, Jetway for passengers and major upgrades. The $28.5 million earmarked in Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr's restructuring plan would also set aside money for a study of the airport's role in its east-side neighborhood. The area near Conner and ...
04/02/2014Reports of Smoke Lead to Partial Shutdown of Ill. Nuclear Plant

April 02--Reports of smoke inside a nuclear power facility near Moline, Ill., on Wednesday prompted a partial shutdown of the plant and an alert from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, though federal officials said no injuries or abnormal releases of radioactive material have occurred. Operators at the Quad Cities power plant, a western Illinois commercial facility operated by Exelon ...
04/05/2014Deal to Clean Up Chicago-Area Radioactive Waste

April 05--Every time developers dig up a patch of Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood to build hotels or high-rise condominiums, the soil must be tested for radioactive thorium dumped years ago at several sites near the Chicago River. Tons of contaminated soil have been removed in recent years as the neighborhood undergoes a rapid transformation from its industrial past. Now the city and the ...
04/03/2014Mo Senate OKs $600M Bonding Proposal for Building Repairs

April 03--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate today passed a $600 million bonding proposal that would provide about $200 million to finance a new maximum security facility at Fulton State Hospital. The other $400 million would be split evenly between financing repairs at public higher education institutions and deferred maintenance projects at state buildings. Despite hesitation from some ...
03/31/2014Kansas City Seeks Voter Approval for $500M in Water Bonds

March 31--Two years ago, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a request to issue up to $500 million in sewer bonds to upgrade the city's antiquated sewers. Now, city leaders hope voters will do the same for the drinking-water system. Question 1 on the April 8 ballot seeks approval for Kansas City to issue $500 million in water revenue bonds. The city could borrow the money at ...
04/01/2014Ameren, Environmental Groups Square Off on Coal Ash Landfill

April 01--JEFFERSON CITY -- Trucking coal ash from its Labadie power plant to a remote landfill would cost Ameren Missouri -- and ultimately ratepayers -- $100 million more than keeping it nearby, the utility says. But critics worry Ameren's preferred site invites an environmental catastrophe that could cost a whole lot more. The first day of Missouri Public Service Commission hearings on the ...
04/02/2014Emanuel Ordinance Grants Zoning Exemption for Petcoke

April 02--Faced with public outrage about gritty black dust blowing through Chicago's Southeast Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel talked of forcing towering mounds of petroleum coke out of Chicago and outlawing new piles with costly regulations. But the fine print of a zoning ordinance unveiled Tuesday by the Emanuel administration opens the door for greater use of the high-sulfur, high-carbon refinery ...
03/31/2014Google Fiber Construction Disrupts as It Modernizes Kansas City

March 31--This spring will look less leafy at 39th and Genessee streets. Blame the need for Internet speed. A crew, hired by Google Inc. to make way for the company's overhead fiber optic lines, transformed the neighborhood ginkgo trees into tall stumps one morning last summer. "They butchered 'em, just butchered 'em," said Ted Larkin, the owner of three buildings in the neighborhood. ...

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