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05/20/2015Chicago's CTA Expands Flyover Project, Raising Cost to $570M

May 20--A controversial CTA project to route the Brown Line onto a ramp over other elevated trains in Lakeview has been expanded in scope and would cost roughly $570 million, instead of $320 million, a CTA analysis released Tuesday said. The minimum four-year project, opposed by some residents will also disrupt rail service during off-peak hours and on weekends, as well as bring increased ...
05/12/2015Ill. Fracking Fight Continues as Promise Fades

May 12--For some people here, the farm field across the road from Tim O'Regan's factory was supposed to be this struggling town's land of opportunity, a way to reap economic benefits from the oil fracking boom. For others, it represents a public health threat. An international oil and gas company proposes to bring to that field a 230-acre transportation center to ship and store silica sand, a ...
05/13/2015Enbridge to Pay $75M Settlement in 'Win' for Mich. Environment

May 13--Oil giant Enbridge will pay $75 million through a settlement with the State of Michigan for an 800,000 gallon oil spill in 2010 that impacted thousands of acres, officials announced today. "This is a huge win for Michigan's environment," said Dan Wyant, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director in a news release. "This settlement will mean improved water quality, improved ...
05/08/2015Apartment Construction Rising in Southeast Mich.

May 08--The Southeast Michigan region finished 2014 with a total of 7,855 new residential building permits issued, a 1% increase over 2013, according to a recently released report by SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The report, Residential Construction in Southeast Michigan, 2014, notes that single-family and condominium construction each saw 12% decreases in 2014. But ...
05/08/2015Developer Proposes $300M Soccer Complex Near Kansas City

May 08--A Kansas City area partnership has proposed a $300 million, 230-acre soccer-centered project in Grandview that would be the city's largest development. Gateway Village, presented to city officials and the public at a ceremony Friday, would start with 15 soccer fields, a 130,000-square-foot field house and retail space. Planners also see the potential for hotels, housing, a park and ...
05/13/2015Obama Library to Be in Chicago, But Site Yet to Be Decided

May 13--In the end, it wasn't about a view of the Hudson River in New York or the promise of oceanfront property in Hawaii. For Barack and Michelle Obama, the decision of where to build his presidential library and museum was about returning to their roots -- on the South Side of Chicago. In a video message played before the official announcement Tuesday at the Gary Comer Youth Center in the ...
05/13/2015Mich. Senate Panel Votes to Repeal Prevailing Wage Laws

May 13--LANSING -- After about 90 minutes of testimony, the Senate's Michigan Competitiveness committee voted 4-1 to repeal the state's prevailing wage laws. "I don't think taxpayers should pay more for their buildings than the private sector does," said Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, the sponsor of one of the three bills in the repeal package. Opponents, however, in both ...
05/13/2015GOP Plan to Fix Mich. Roads Depends on Growing Economy

May 13--LANSING -- A Republican plan to fix the roads depends heavily on future growth in the state economy, as well as a shifting restricted funds and taking money away from the working poor. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mt Pleasant, outlined the House plan in a press conference Wednesday afternoon, calling it the Legislature's "front and center priority." "People are in agreement, we ...
05/15/2015Ill's Six-Year Highway Spending Plan Warns of 'Rapid Deterioration'

May 15--The first multi-year highway improvement plan proposed by the Rauner administration on Thursday continues a pattern of shrinking spending on roads and bridges, and state transportation officials warned about "a rapid deterioration in the overall condition of Illinois infrastructure due to a lack of sustainable investment." The fiscal 2016-21 statewide construction plan estimates ...
05/18/2015Land Deal With Detroit, Bridge Company Moving Forward

May 18--The Moroun family's efforts to negotiate with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to acquire a piece of the city's riverfront property for a second span across the Detroit River go back to last summer, when the Detroit International Bridge Co. got the property appraised to further the deal, according to records obtained by the Free Press. The appraisal last July -- addressed to Tom Lewand, ...
05/18/2015Construction Group Backs Coalition Pushing for New Milwaukee Arena

May 18--Building Advantage, which represents more than 20,000 tradespeople and more than 600 union contractors, announced on Monday that it was joining the Play it Forward coalition, a group focused on getting a new downtown arena built, as well as other proposed ancillary development nearby. "The plans for the new Bucks' arena and downtown entertainment district will not only bring visitors ...
05/18/2015Developers Close on Detroit Tower for Hotel Project

May 18--Efforts to redevelop Detroit's long-vacant Wurlitzer Building into a boutique hotel took another step forward this month with the sale of the building to a New York-based investment and development firm. "We are very excited about the future of Detroit, and the opportunity to be stewards for an important building in Detroit's past, and, we believe, future," Ari Heckman, founder and CEO ...
05/07/2015Gilbert Plans 337 New Townhouses and Apartments Near Downtown Detroit

May 07--A large swath of Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood next to downtown would be transformed into a high-density arrangement of mostly market-rate housing under a plan unveiled this afternoon by a development partnership that includes billionaire Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Development Co. The $70-million project, as first reported Tuesday on freep.com, compasses 8.4 acres and calls for 337 ...
05/01/2015St. Louis to Consider $180M Bond Issue to Fund Infrastructure Upgrades

May 01--ST. LOUIS -- After more than a year of failed attempts, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will once again consider a bond issue to fund infrastructure upgrades throughout the city. Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed introduced a bill on Friday that could place a $180 million bond issue on an August 4 special ballot. Officials first proposed the real estate tax increase measure in ...
05/06/2015Kamin: Who Will Design Obama Presidential Library?

May 06--It's destined to be Chicago's architectural commission of the decade, a building that gives physical form to the soaring ideals of the nation's first African-American president. Which begs the question: Who will design it? In the run-up to next Tuesday's announcement that the Barack Obama library and museum will be built in Chicago, speculation already centers on London-based, ...
05/06/2015New Plan For Parking Structure at U of C Clinic

May 06--Orland Park and University of Chicago Medicine have slightly revised their plans for an outpatient care center in the village's downtown after finding unstable soil that makes a proposed underground parking garage too costly. Trustees on Monday night approved a new agreement with U of C Medicine -- similar to one reached a year ago when plans for the nearly $67 million outpatient ...
05/05/2015New Arena Raised as Reason to Dump Wis. Prevailing Wage Laws

May 05--MADISON -- Two of the Capitol's most controversial issues collided Tuesday as the debate over whether to repeal or rewrite parts of the state's prevailing wage law bumped up against the ongoing argument over whether to use public money to help build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. Amid Tuesday's all-day Senate hearing on the prevailing wage, repeal supporter and newly elected Sen. Duey ...
05/05/2015Push for Ill. Gambling Expansion Begins

May 05--Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants a Chicago casino and Gov. Bruce Rauner remains open to giving him one, but attempts to put a long-stalled deal together this month are running up against obstacles both old and new. The old: Putting together a gambling expansion measure that can pass is politically difficult amid competing interests of existing casinos, horse track owners who want slot ...
05/05/2015Ill's Aging Infrastructure Among Factors Turning Off Investors, Survey Finds

May 05--Foreign companies considering investment in Illinois are turned off by the state's high taxes, its aging infrastructure and its lack of vocational training for the next generation of skilled workers, according to a survey of countries released by the state Monday. The survey focused on 10 nations that are the state's largest trading partners and was aimed at getting an independent ...
05/01/2015Worker Killed Operating Hydraulic Lift at Mo. Mall

May 01--DES PERES -- A 53-year-old man from St. Ann was killed about noon Thursday in an industrial accident at the West County Center shopping mall, authorities said. The name of the man was not released. He was killed as he was parking a four-wheel hydraulic basket lift in the fourth floor Ballas-side parking garage. He got pinned between the rail of the basket, from where he was operating ...
04/26/2015Five Environmental Issues Facing Mich.

April 26--The following, in no particular order, could be the most important environmental issues facing Michigan in the next decade: --Energy mix/supply stability: What happens for ratepayers if natural gas prices triple again? How much additional wind energy will Michigan build, and will it prove reliable enough for a stable state energy supply? Federal mandates to reduce carbon and mercury ...
05/02/2015Obama Library News Brings Elation to Chicago's South Side

May 02--Even though the news that the Obama presidential library is coming to the South Side wasn't yet official, Torrey Barrett couldn't stop himself from celebrating. When he arrived at his Washington Park-based KLEO Community Life Center on Friday morning, he found himself offering warm congratulations to community members, shaking hands and patting his colleagues and neighbors on the back. ...
05/01/2015Gas Tax Bill Advances to Mo.Senate

May 01--With the 59-year-old Broadway Bridge as their backdrop, state and local officials Thursday morning held an event to decry the declining condition of the area road system, as outlined in a new study, and to call for raising Missouri's gasoline tax. Their concern: A proposal to boost the tax by 2 cents a gallon had been stalled in the Missouri Senate. But on Thursday afternoon, a bill ...
05/02/2015Ill. Gov Signs Obama Library, Lucas Museum Law

May 02--Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a bill into law aimed at providing legal protections for the Barack Obama presidential library and the George Lucas museum in Chicago. The move ends the mystery of what the Republican governor would do with a measure state lawmakers quickly passed last week. Rauner had been mum, but on Friday his administration released a statement saying the governor ...
05/01/2015Wisconsin Regulators Approve Plans For $327M Power Line

May 01--American Transmission Co. received state approval Friday to build a $327 million power-line project in northeastern Wisconsin. The Pewaukee transmission-line utility sought the project as part of a series of reinforcements to the power grid in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula after a U.P. blackout in 2011. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Friday chose a ...

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