Metro East

Election 2012
10:06 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Hoffman drops run for Congress, switches to Ill. House

Former Ill. state Rep. Jay Hoffman.
(Ill. General Assembly website)

Democrat Jay Hoffman has changed his mind about running for Congress and now plans to seek a seat in the
Illinois House.

Democratic Party officials on Thursday endorsed Huffman's run for the seat held until recently by Tom Holbrook. Holbrook announced plans to step down from the Illinois House after Gov. Pat Quinn picked him to head the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

A month ago, Hoffman had said he'd run for Congress in the newly drawn 13th District.

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Metro East - Pollution
5:28 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Metro East: demolition of former Chemetco copper smelter moves forward

Removing one of the large manifolds from the roof of the foundry building at the former Chemetco secondary copper smelter.
(Photo courtesy of Illinois EPA)

Demolition of the former Chemetco copper smelter took another step forward on Tuesday. The demolition is the start of a long clean-up process for the hazardous Metro East eyesore.

The Illinois EPA is overseeing the dismantling of the smelter buildings, which began last year.

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
10:11 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Judge tosses suit challenging FEMA flood mapping in S.W. Ill.

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit three southwestern Illinois counties filed to block the U.S. government from declaring the region's levees functionally useless.

U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert called the lawsuit moot Monday, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in court it had no plans to pull the accreditation of the region's levees as part of a levee-mapping effort.

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Metro East Port Project
9:55 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Durbin: More money for Metro East port project

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says a Metro East port project is getting more money.

Durbin announced the $8.5 million from the Department of Transportation. The money is to help build a transportation hub that Durbin says can help reduce congestion on the Mississippi River.

Durbin's office says the project got $6 million last year. The project includes a harbor, rail lines and a rail and truck facility in Madison County, Ill.

The Illinois Democrat says the facility can help the Metro East's economic competitiveness.

Southwestern Illinois Levees
11:44 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Council OKs southwestern Ill. levee upgrades

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The people who oversee 64 miles of aging Mississippi River levees in southwestern Illinois have signed off on a $151 million plan to upgrade the barriers perhaps by 2014.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council adopted the proposal Wednesday involving levees in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Officials expect the upgrades to be funded largely by a quarter-cent sales tax.

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Tire collection
4:58 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

IEPA in Metro East to clean up tire dumps

The contractors which will haul away these old tires from a city-owned lot in East St. Louis to be reused are funded with a fee that customers pay on new tires.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A yearly effort by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to clean up discarded tires is underway in the Metro East.

Front loaders were hard at work at a city-owned lot in East St. Louis Wednesday afternoon dropping tires into tractor trailers. The contractors, which will haul away the old tires to be reused, are funded with a fee that customers pay on new tires.

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
9:55 am
Fri March 11, 2011

FEMA shifts course on flood map modeling

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving a reprieve to southwestern Illinois and other U.S. areas guarded by levees it was to have deemed functionally useless.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told federal lawmakers Thursday that the agency would hold off on decertifying 64 miles of earthen levees protecting St. Louis' Illinois suburbs.

Fugate says the agency would stop using a questioned assessment technique and turn to a more nuanced measure of the actual protection the levees provide.

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FEMA & Flood Insurance
3:12 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

FEMA Administrator: Residents may need flood insurance, despite levee protection

A levee in Granite City, Ill. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says homes and businesses in the Mississippi River floodplain may need flood insurance, even if they are protected by a levee like this one. (St. Louis Public Radio)

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says homes and businesses in the Mississippi River floodplain may need flood insurance, even if they are protected by a levee.

Last week senators from Missouri, Illinois and 16 other states sent a letter to Administrator Fugate.

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Washington Park Dump Clean-Up
6:33 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Illinois EPA helping Metro East's Washington Park clean up illegal dumping site

A dumped and discarded tire in Athens, GA. The Illinois EPA will help Washington Park clean up an illegal dump that contains an estimated 100 tons of trash, including tires much like this one. (Patrick Denker/ via Flickr)

The Illinois EPA is helping the Metro East village of Washington Park clean up an illegal dumping site this week.

The area an estimated 100 tons of trash, and the clean-up is expected to take three to five days.

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