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Goldman Prize: Kimberly Wasserman Nieto Is a Truly Deserving Winner

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

This year, I found it invigorating to see the award go to Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, who is one of the most committed and determined leaders in the long fight waged in my city to close Chicago's Fisk and Crawford coal plants.

Emanuel Delivers on the Promise of Clean Energy

Jack Darin | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago
Jack Darin

While many leaders talk about the urgency of transitioning to clean energy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is acting, and making major changes that will deliver cleaner air and new jobs for Chicago in the near future.

City's Coal Plants To Close After Mayor Presents Ultimatum

Posted 02.29.2012 | Chicago

Chicago environmentalists won a hard-fought victory late Tuesday as the city's two coal power plants announced that they will close -- one of them by ...

Rahm Tells Polluting Coal Plants To Clean Up Their Act

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put Chicago's two coal power plants on warning: Either present a plan to clean up their pollution or risk being shut down by th...

Will Guzzardi

PHOTOS: Students Protest Pilsen Polluters As EPA Condemns Air Quality | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

As spiking levels of lead and other pollutants choke the air in a residential community on Chicago's Near Southwest Side, residents continue to press ...

Peacefully Protesting Coal-Fired Crimes Leads to Arrests

Philip Radford | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

Yesterday eight peaceful protesters on Chicago's Fisk Coal Plant painted the message "Quit Coal" on the 450-foot smokestack looming over the city's So...

Anti-Coal Activists Arrested After Storm Forces Them Off Smokestack

Posted 07.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Chicago Sun-Times reports Wednesday morning that activists who had climbed the smokestack of the Fisk Generating Station have come down...

3,500 Chicagoans to Rahm: Deal With the City's Coal Pollution Problem

Josh Nelson | Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago
Josh Nelson

Chicago has a major coal problem. Mr. Emanuel's first day in office is today, and it still isn't clear how he plans to deal with this problem.

South Loop Coal Plant? Looks More Like A Prank

Posted 06.27.2011 | Chicago

A number of residents in Chicago's South Loop came home to disturbing letters on their doorsteps in recent days. The letters, on Midwest Generation...

Ordinance To Regulate Coal Plants Gets Long Hearing, No Vote

Posted 06.22.2011 | Chicago

An ambitious ordinance that would regulate Chicago's two pollution-belching coal plants underwent six hours of City Council hearings Thursday, as poss...

The City on Rahm's Shoulders: Chicago's Energy Economy

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The energy economy is essential to Chicago staying competitive -- it is central to business productivity.

Local Lead: Pollution Around Chicago School Reminds Us What Is at Stake in DC's Clean Air Act Fight

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Removing the ability to enforce laws already on the books and funding cuts are all part of the playbook being employed to beat down the EPA right now. It is short-sighted, wrong-headed and stupid.

Will Guzzardi

Candidate Takes Money From Big Polluters | Will Guzzardi | Posted 06.04.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: In response to Friday's Tribune story, Alderman Solis announced Monday that he would push for a new ordinance regulating lead emissions at ...

Will Guzzardi

The Runoffs: Under Pressure, An Alderman Changes Course On Coal | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The smokestack of the Fisk Generating Station in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood punctuates a long stretch of Cermak Road, belching grey smoke into the ...

Dam the Carp! No more dithering on invasive species

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The news was very bad on Friday when state and Federal agencies admitted that tests show invasive Asian carp have evaded an electrical barrier intende...

Coal Clunkers: Washington Post Looks at Chicago's Aging Coal Plants

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

There are hundreds of coal plants around the country where utilities are using everything short of duct tape, baling wire and chewing gum to keep them running. Why? It's cheap for the plants to be dirty.