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12/19/2014Chicago Woman Indicted for Phony Construction Enterprise

Dec. 19--Nearly 31/2 years after charges were first brought, the female owner of a suburban construction business was formally indicted Friday on federal fraud charges alleging she acted as an illegal front so another company could secure a lucrative city airport contract. Elizabeth Perino, 60, of Willowbrook, was charged in the indictment with four counts of mail and wire fraud alleging her ...
12/17/2014Chinese Developer Plans 89-Story Chicago Tower Designed by Jeanne Gang

Dec. 17--Chicago officials are expected to announce this week that a Chinese developer is moving ahead with plans for an 89-story riverfront residential and hotel tower, to be designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, according to sources close to the deal. Beijing-based Wanda Group reportedly plans to invest $900 million in the project, which is likely to house an ultra-luxurious hotel, ...
12/16/2014Boeing to Build $200M Parts Facility in St. Louis County

Dec. 16--MC Industrial, a subsidiary of McCarthy Holdings, will build a new local parts facility for Boeing's 777X commercial aircraft. The new 367,000-square-foot composite center at Boeing's north St. Louis County campus is an expansion of a tooling center where MC Industrial has completed several projects. Boeing is investing $200 million in the facility, which includes the construction ...
12/17/2014Coalition of Wis. Companies, Workers to Fight Right-to-work Bill

Dec. 17--MADISON -- Some 300 construction and contracting businesses Wednesday joined their workers' unions in opposing so-called right-to-work legislation. The businesses that make roads and buildings around the state said they oppose a proposal that would prohibit them from reaching contracts with unions to require their workers to pay labor dues. The formation of the Wisconsin Contractor ...
12/18/2014Last Chance for a Michigan Road Fix Deal Today

Dec. 18--LANSING -- After more than five hours of talks Wednesday ended with no agreement, Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate will resume talks early Thursday with time running out on the Legislature's lame duck session. Gov. Rick Snyder said real progress was made late Wednesday and while "we're not there yet ... we're heading in a direction where good outcomes could ...
12/18/2014Toyota to Invest $126M in Ann Arbor, Mich., Expansion

Dec. 18--Japanese automaker Toyota plans to expand its Ann Arbor area operations again, investing $126 million to build a 50,000-square-foot facility and relocating 85 workers from California. The expansion adds to the automaker's previously announced consolidation of about 250 positions from its procurement and supplier engineering operations in Kentucky, a move that was revealed in April. ...
12/12/2014Environmental Groups Sue Wis. on Air Pollution Standards

Dec. 12--Environmental groups filed suit this week against the state's chief pollution control agency, alleging that regulators have failed to implement stiffer standards contained in new federal air pollution rules. The groups said in documents in Dane County Circuit Court that the Department of Natural Resources should have implemented regulations to meet new federal limits by now for ...
12/16/2014Ambitious Tiger Stadium Plan to Include, Hire Detroiters

Dec. 16--A plan approved today to redevelop the historic site of old Tiger Stadium has been designed to include Detroit residents and businesses at every stage. Known as "The Corner" and led by developer Eric Larson of Larson Realty, the $33-million mixed-use project will give 51% of construction jobs to Detroit residents, 31% of the work to Detroit-based firms, and 20% of the residential ...
12/11/2014Major Renovation Project Considered for Chicago's Tribune Tower

Dec. 11--The landmark Tribune Tower may become part of a major Michigan Avenue redevelopment project. Tribune Media, which owns the iconic neo-Gothic tower, unveiled broad plans at a New York investor presentation Thursday that could potentially triple the building's space with residential, retail and hotel components. "Tribune Tower, our iconic office tower, it sits in one of the best ...
12/16/2014Under UIC Plan, Part of Obama Library Would Sit Atop Chicago Expys

Dec. 16--In its bid for the Obama presidential library, the University of Illinois at Chicago has proposed a visitor center and academic institute complex on its Near West Side campus that would extend over portions of the Jane Byrne Interchange. Though the plan has not yet been approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation, UIC officials said the site would extend like a deck over the ...
12/14/2014Detroit Blight Removal Campaign Ramps Up

Dec. 14--Softening an international reputation as the home of urban ruin porn, the campaign to rid Detroit of blighted eyesores is at last showing results, with the city demolishing about 200 vacant houses a week, four times the level of a year or so ago. The city believes it can sustain a rate of 200 demolitions a week. At that pace, it could soon be tearing down as many as 10,000 structures ...
12/12/2014St. Louis Regional Leaders Join Forces to Keep Freight Moving

Dec. 12--Shipments of freight are expected to grow substantially across the U.S. in the next couple decades, and St. Louis area civic and business leaders are taking steps to make sure the region is not left at the loading dock. The fledgling America's Gateway District will be tasked with promoting the region as a premier multimodal freight center in the Midwest and making sure opportunities ...
12/13/2014Metra, Freight Railroads Push $1B Project to Untangle Chicago Corridor

Dec. 13--Metra and freight railroad industry representatives on Friday called for a $1 billion project intended to untangle a snarl of railroad tracks that causes major problems for Chicago commuters and commerce. The project, known as the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, would target three rail-to-rail crossings on the South Side that officials call significant choke points for Metra ...
12/13/2014Detroit Streetcar Officials Announce Winter Construction Plans

Dec. 13--Construction on the M-1 Rail project will continue this winter, but the work will be adjusted to fit colder weather. M-1 Rail Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs said in a news release this week that the work would include construction on freeway overpasses and relocation of underground utility lines. Sewer work is also planned for the North End neighborhood between West Grand ...
12/11/2014University of Chicago Sees Tough Competition for Obama Library

Dec. 11--The official heading up the University of Chicago bid to host the Barack Obama presidential library said Wednesday that the biggest threat to bringing the facility to Chicago's South Side comes from New York. While there is serious competition from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Hawaii, Susan Sher, senior adviser to university President Robert Zimmer, said ...
12/11/2014Illinois Tollway Creating Plan to Rebuild Tri-State Tollway

Dec. 11--The Illinois Tollway is launching a major planning effort to reconstruct and possibly widen the central Tri-State Tollway starting in 2020, officials said Wednesday. One option being considered is broadening the Tri-State from O'Hare International Airport south to 95th Street from four lanes to five in each direction, officials said. The reconstruction could also add bus-only lanes, ...
12/09/2014KC's Historic Power & Light Skyscraper Renovation Due to Commence

Dec. 09--Construction workers are a month into turning the historic Kansas City Power & Light Co. skyscraper into apartments but on Monday the renovation was made official. About 50 city officials, business executives and downtown Kansas City supporters turned out for a ground-breaking ceremony at the building, which has struggled since KCP&L left it in 1991 and been dogged by failed efforts ...
12/09/2014Chicago Developers Face Bigger Fees If They Don't Meet Affordable Housing Quota

Dec. 09--Developers of some of Chicago's highest-priced apartments and condominiums will have to create affordable housing or write even bigger checks if City Hall pushes through an affordable housing ordinance expected to be introduced Wednesday. Changes to the city's 7-year-old Affordable Requirements Ordinance have some of the largest companies worried that their ability to build and build ...
12/06/2014Milwaukee City Campus Project Seen as Development Catalyst

Dec. 06--A planned office and retail redevelopment project, a blighted gas station's closing and a new effort by Marquette University, Harley-Davidson Inc. and other major employers to improve their neighborhoods, are together putting a focus on Milwaukee's near west side. That area has some of the city's larger businesses, including Harley, MillerCoors LLC and Aurora Health Care Inc. It also ...
12/04/2014Wis. Senate to Quickly Take Up Right-to-work Legislation

Dec. 04--MADISON -- Nearly four years after mostly eliminating collective bargaining for public workers, Republicans are considering putting limits on most private-sector unions while giving an unprecedented exemption to the labor groups that support them politically. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Thursday he was gathering information on so-called right-to-work ...
12/03/2014Improving Chicago Construction Sector Still Has Work to Do

Dec. 03--The construction of single-family homes and other small to midsize construction projects in Chicago has continued to improve by one measure, but remains far below its pace set before the real estate market crash. As of Nov. 15, the city's Building Department issued 1,436 permits for small to midsize construction developments. That compares with 1,202 permits a year earlier and a low ...
12/04/2014Chicago's Old Main Post Office Reportedly for Sale

Dec. 04--Monaco-based developer Bill Davies has decided to put Chicago's old post office building up for sale, a spokeswoman for his broker confirmed Thursday. Angela Bonnici of Savills Studley said a formal announcement will be made next week and that Davies has decided to sell the building or participate in a joint venture. Only one of those two options for the 12.6-acre site, which ...
12/05/2014Mich. Homeowners, Oil Industry at Odds Over Drilling

Dec. 05--LANSING -- State lawmakers took on the contentious issue of oil and gas drilling in residential neighborhoods Thursday, with industry leaders warning that proposed zoning legislation goes too far, while residents' groups insisted it doesn't go far enough. The simmering issue came to a boil in July when Shelby Township residents near the border with Rochester Hills were surprised to ...
12/03/2014$200M Fix in Works for Detroit's Shaky Power Grid

Dec. 03--The culprit of Tuesday's power outage, Detroit's city-run power grid, is in the beginning stages of a four-year, $200-million modernization project that could solve its longstanding reliability problems. The plan will finally remove the City of Detroit from the electricity business and hand control of the grid to DTE, which already powers all homes and most buildings in the city. ...
12/01/2014OSHA Seeks Fines Following Fatal Accident in Milwaukee

Dec. 01--The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking fines of $84,000 against each of two Milwaukee companies following the death of a worker who was crushed in an industrial accident. OSHA said Monday it will seek the fines against Nuvo Construction Co. Inc. and Sonag Ready Mix LLC. The actions stem from the May 22 death of Nuvo employee Stephen J. Rauth, 38, who had been ...

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