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11/25/2014Natural Gas Buildup Likely Cause of Building Collapse on Chicago's South Side

Nov. 25--An explosion of built-up natural gas from a leak likely caused the collapse of a three-story condominium building in the Washington Park neighborhood over the weekend, the Chicago Fire Department determined Tuesday. Neighbors had described hearing a loud explosion before the 10-year-old frame apartment building collapsed about 7 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue. ...
11/25/2014Ill. Approves 500-mile Wind Power Transmission Line

Nov. 25--A 500-mile transmission line designed to move wind power from Iowa to Grundy County, Ill. can move forward, Illinois regulators decided Tuesday. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted 5-0 to approve the controversial project, called "Rock Island Clean Line," the first merchant-owned transmission line to gain state approval. The state agency granted the company permission to ...
11/26/2014Rezoning of Detroit Red Wings Arena Site Delayed Until 2015

Nov. 26--The rezoning of land to make way for the new Red Wings arena won't happen until next year after developers on Tuesday asked City Council to put the zoning vote on hold. The request from Olympia Development of Michigan, an Ilitch-owned company, to delay the vote came hours after a council committee suggested a handful of amendments to Olympia's original zoning request. One amendment ...
11/24/2014Judge: Ill. Fracking Rules Can Be Published

Nov. 24--A southern Illinois circuit judge Friday struck down a move that would have prevented the start of fracking in Illinois. Madison County Judge Barbara Crowder said she won't stop rules governing the practice from taking effect because the southern Illinois residents who requested the preliminary injunction failed to establish that they would suffer "irreparable harm." "Conclusory ...
11/25/2014Detroit Council to Vote on Red Wings Arena Zoning Law

Nov. 25--The Detroit City Council could vote Tuesday to approve a crucial zoning request to allow construction to proceed as planned for the new Red Wings arena in the Cass Corridor. But not before a 9:00 a.m. public hearing in the council's chambers at city hall to discuss the zoning proposal. The council session will happen after the hearing. Much of the public debate at this stage of the ...
11/22/2014Milwaukee Owner Uses Tower Construction as Teaching Tool

Nov. 22--Three years from now, when the new 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons building stands gleaming near the Milwaukee lakefront, it will have special meaning to Marquette University real estate and finance student Charlie Houser. Houser is one of about 65 Wisconsin college students participating in a "Master Class" program initiated by the insurer to give young adults the rare ...
11/18/2014Four Teams Vie for Massive Wisconsin DOT Headquarters Project

Nov. 18--Four development teams -- including one led by Terrence Wall, a prominent real estate developer, one-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate and campaign contributor to Gov. Scott Walker -- are still in the running to buy and rebuild the home of the state Department of Transportation, a huge project that would become the largest state-owned office building in Wisconsin. The state ...
11/19/2014Ill. Tollway Hears New Pitch for Multibillion Road Extension

Nov. 19--Advocates for the extension of Route 53 through Lake County say they have devised a unique plan to help bridge a multibillion-dollar funding gap in the long-debated project. The plan calls for creating a "sustainable transportation fund" worth as much as $108 million in bonding authority that would be generated by increased property values along the project's proposed path. The fund ...
11/16/2014Green Efforts at Wis. Sewer Plant Backfire, Prompt DNR Citations

Nov. 16--The state has slapped Madison's sewage treatment plant with 32 air pollution violations alleging excessive emissions from burning biogas and a near absence of effective monitoring and record keeping. Embarrassed managers at the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant, who have prided themselves as leaders in environmentally friendly technology, acknowledged that most of the citations ...
11/15/2014Fracking Rules for Ill. Published After Long Battle

Nov. 15--The Illinois Department of Natural Resources published on its website Friday rules that regulate fracking, ending one chapter of a bitter and hard-fought multiyear battle by environmentalists who lobbied to block the rules from going into effect. Energy companies can now begin applying for permits to drill for oil and gas using a controversial method that injects water, chemicals and ...
11/16/2014Progress Slow But Sure on Planned Detroit-Windsor Bridge

Nov. 16--The demolition of three derelict houses in southwest Detroit in late October was a small but significant sign that construction of the long-planned new bridge to Windsor is moving ahead. The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, a state entity that owned the three vacant houses, razed them in the city's Delray district in late October as part of clearing land for the bridge and ...
11/12/2014Shoring up Sinking Milwaukee City Hall Could Cost as Much as $80M

Nov. 12--With Milwaukee's City Hall finally shedding the scaffolding it has been wearing on and off for eight years, city officials on Wednesday released details of a new massive fix to the historic landmark. Restoring a solid foundation beneath a sinking City Hall will cost an estimated $60 million to $80 million over the next few years, Milwaukee Public Works officials said. That comes on ...
11/12/2014Group Sues to Block Ill. Fracking Rules From Being Published

Nov. 12--A group of residents from southern Illinois is suing the governor and the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to block the publication of rules governing horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Madison County, says the state agency didn't give the public ample notice during the rule-making process, failed to use scientific ...
11/13/2014Chicago Group to Sue Over Site for Lucas Museum

Nov. 13--In a surprising legal tack, opponents of George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront said Wednesday that they will argue in federal court that the site sits on reclaimed waterways and therefore can't be handed over to a private entity. That approach is a departure from previous arguments by lakefront preservationists that construction on the shoreline defies a long-standing ...
11/12/2014Millions Needed for Milwaukee's Sinking City Hall

Nov. 12--With Milwaukee's City Hall finally shedding the scaffolding it has been wearing on and off for eight years, city officials on Wednesday released details of a new massive fix to the historic landmark. With the building ever-so-slowly sinking, restoring a solid foundation will cost an estimated $60 million to $80 million over the next few years, Milwaukee Public Works officials said. ...
11/06/2014Fracking Can Begin in Ill.

Nov. 06--An obscure arm of state government cleared the way Thursday for oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin fracking in Illinois. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules moved forward without comment regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling process that injects water, chemicals and sand at high pressure into shale rock to unleash oil and gas. ...
11/07/2014Utility Proposes Natural Gas-Fueled Power Plant for Wis.

Nov. 07--Alliant Energy wants to build a new power plant in south-central Wisconsin. The Madison utility company says it will build a natural gas-fueled power plant near Beloit that can generate 650 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 500,000 homes, at an estimated cost of $725 million to $775 million. Alliant says it plans to file an application in early 2015 with the state ...
11/10/2014Cement Shortage Delaying Michigan Construction Projects

Nov. 10--The students at Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods were expected to have a new playground on which to romp in early November. Instead, school principal Maribeth Krehbiel projects the $460,000 state-of-the-art playground will not open until closer to the end of the month. The reason? A shortage of cement, a key component of concrete, is squeezing construction projects in ...
11/05/2014Little-known Panel Set to Approve Key Ill. Fracking Rules

Nov. 05--After more than two years of hearings, protests and public outcry, the fate of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois comes down to a meeting Thursday of an obscure, stodgy and largely unwatched committee called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. Barring some last minute hitch, the powerful 12-member committee is expected to greenlight fracking by issuing a "certificate of no ...
11/05/2014Suit Filed Seeking Referendum on Planned Mo. High-Rise

Nov. 05--CLAYTON -- Five Clayton residents who fought a tax abatement for a proposed apartment and retail tower called the Crossing filed suit Tuesday against the city and city clerk in an effort to force a citywide vote on the issue. Opponents and supporters of the development packed meetings of the Board of Aldermen for months. Many opponents don't like that the city blighted the property ...
11/03/2014Courtroom Battle Over Billboard Affects KC Hotel Proposal

Nov. 03--A showdown over a giant billboard in downtown Kansas City is heating up in court and could have a big impact on a proposal for a $19 million hotel at the entrance to the Crossroads. Lamar outdoor advertising company is challenging Kansas City's move to condemn its billboard at the southeast corner of 20th and Main streets and remove it to make way for the hotel. A trial began Friday ...
10/31/2014Wis. Moves Ahead With $196M Transporation Building in Madison.

Oct. 31--The state of Wisconsin is seeking a private developer to buy and rebuild the home of the state Department of Transportation, a project that would become the largest state-owned office building. The massive, 600,000-square-foot project at the site of the Hill Farms State Transportation Building could cost taxpayers up to $196 million, according to the request for proposals issued in ...
11/03/2014Crews Constructing Milwaukee River Reef For Spawning Fish

Nov. 03--A front-end loader appears to be driving on the surface of the Milwaukee River as it dumps limestone rocks into the water. The rocks form a causeway below the surface that the heavy equipment then uses to drive farther downstream with its next bucket load. Red tape on two rows of metal rods pounded into the riverbed mark the front-end loader's route. This is how an artificial reef is ...
11/02/2014Three Workers Injured, One Killed After Brick Facade Falls From Chicago Building

Nov. 02--A 44-year-old worker died and three others were injured Saturday afternoon when a brick facade fell from a West Lawn neighborhood building and injured workers, officials said. The accident happened shortly before 1 p.m., at a single-story commercial building that houses several different businesses across the street from a Mexican restaurant in the 4100 block of West 63rd Street, ...
10/29/2014GM Plans $63M Expansion of Lansing-area Car Plant

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — General Motors Co. will invest $63 million as part of an expansion at a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built, the automaker announced Wednesday. GM's Lansing Delta Township Assembly in Eaton County will get about 263,000 square feet of new space and robotic equipment. The project is part of $300 million Chief Executive Mary Barra has said the ...

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