State announces Illinois Beach State Park shoreline erosion projects; ‘It’s essential that we preserve these spaces for future generations’
Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials announced a $74.5 million project to address shoreline erosion at Illinois Beach State Park, the state's only natural shoreline, on Thursday in what is believed to be the department's largest-ever capital project. Construction is slated to start this spring.chicagotribune.com
Remains found in 1997 in Lake Michigan ID'd as Chicago woman
Human remains found in 1997 along Lake Michigan's shoreline in western Michigan have been identified as those of a Chicago woman last seen weeks earlier at a Wisconsin beachfront park, police said Monday. Forensic experts relying on advanced DNA analyses confirmed in December that the remains are those of Dorothy Lynn (Thyng) Ricker, Michigan State Police said. “Although DNA testing wasn’t possible when Dorothy Ricker died, investigators are grateful that it brings her family some resolution today,” police said in a news release.news.yahoo.com
Chicago woman seriously injured in ‘Playpen’ incident sues boating company and captain
A Chicago woman who underwent a double amputation after she was struck by a boat in the “Playpen” over the summer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit accusing the boating company and the vessel operator of negligence.chicagotribune.com
Feds offer $1B to keep California's last nuclear plant open
The Biden administration on Monday announced preliminary approval to spend up to $1.1 billion to help keep California's last operating nuclear power plant running, even as officials turned down a request for financial aid to restart a closed nuclear plant in Michigan. The Energy Department said it was creating a path forward for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant on California's central coast to remain open, with final terms to be negotiated and finalized. The plant, which had been scheduled to close by 2025, was chosen in the first round of funding for the administration's new civil nuclear credit program, intended to bail out financially distressed owners or operators of nuclear power reactors.news.yahoo.com
Friday Morning Swim Club brings hundreds of people to Montrose Harbor for morning dip and coffee. ‘It’s just joy,’ organizer says.
Every Friday morning for the last two summers, hundreds of people have gathered at Montrose Beach Harbor. They are there to share a dip in the water, 20 gallons of coffee and fellowship. Their last dip is Friday.chicagotribune.com
3-year-old boy, allegedly pushed from Navy Pier into Lake Michigan by aunt, dies
Victoria Moreno, of Des Plaines, appeared in bond court and was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability, according to police.chicagotribune.com
Woman, 34, charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery of a child after pushing 3-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan
Victoria Moreno, of Des Plaines, is charged with a felony count of attempted murder and a felony count of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability, according to police.chicagotribune.com
People tour Lake Michigan and the Chicago River on the Fred A. Busse retired fireboat
People tour Lake Michigan and the Chicago River on Aug. 22, 2022, on the Fred A. Busse, which was a fireboat for the Chicago Fire Department from 1937 until 1981. Hosted by Chicago Fireboat Tours, the tour began at the boat's dock in DuSable Harbor, passed through the Chicago Harbor Lock and along the Chicago River, which, according to their website, is “navigating the same waterway where our vessel once fought fires.”chicagotribune.com
Marijuana smoking hangs over Whitmer kidnap plot trial
There is no dispute about some evidence in the trial of two men accused of eagerly wanting to kidnap Michigan's governor: They enjoyed getting high. From start to finish, the jury repeatedly has heard about marijuana in the case of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who are charged with conspiring to abduct Gretchen Whitmer as part of an anti-government uprising in 2020. It has been cited by defense lawyers to reinforce their depiction of Fox and Croft as “big talkers” who sometimes said outrageous things when they had been smoking pot.news.yahoo.com
Recovered quadriplegic from Chicago prepares to swim in San Francisco Bay to raise awareness of paralysis. ‘Doesn’t surprise me a bit,’ says mom.
From the beach where he swims on Lake Michigan, Rob Heitz can see the rehabilitation hospital where he began his recovery journey after being paralyzed from the neck down 19 years earlier.chicagotribune.com
Recovered quadriplegic from Chicago swims to raise paralysis awareness
Rob Heitz, 41, is preparing to swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco Aug. 19. The Chicagoan has been training for a year by swimming in Lake Michigan, where the accident that left him quadriplegic — paralyzed in all four limbs — occurred.chicagotribune.com
Loved ones of two missing Chicago boaters say they’re ‘falling apart’ as the search continues for their whereabouts on Lake Michigan
Dexter Sain and Curtis Herron, both 36, have been missing since they disembarked from East Chicago Marina in Indiana, where they were last seen by a friend on July 27, according to East Chicago police and the boaters’ families.chicagotribune.com
Illinois joins three other states to create EV charging circuit along scenic Lake Michigan shoreline route
Illinois has joined with three other states to build a 1,100-mile EV charging circuit along Lake Michigan, creating an electrified scenic route with enough juice to get from Green Bay to Traverse City.chicagotribune.com
The Great Lakes are warmer than they’ve ever been in early November: Why that’s a problem in several ways
Some parts of the Northern Great Lakes region were greeted by their first significant snowfall of the season earlier this week, but not even the arrival of the fluffy white stuff could mask these historic times for the Great Lakes themselves.
I took the high-speed ferry across Lake Michigan -- and it made for the coolest experience
Maybe you’re in Michigan, with family in Wisconsin (or vice versa). Or perhaps you’re planning some sort of trip across state lines, and you came across the idea of using a ferry to save some time around the Great Lakes.
Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan's environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. AdThe project requires permits from the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We have issued permits designed to ensure that if a tunnel is constructed, it will be in strict compliance with relevant statutes and adhere to stringent protections against impacts to the Great Lakes,” Clark said. State officials emphasized the tunnel project was a separate legal matter from the dispute over the existing pipeline, which was laid in 1953. It has taken steps to prevent future anchor strikes and says the tunnel project would eliminate that danger.
Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. “Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. "They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk. One of the pipeline supports was damaged this summer, apparently by a boat cable. Placing the pipes beneath a busy shipping lane with no protective cover violated the state's duty to protect the public's interest in Great Lakes waters and bottomlands, the document said.
Biden's lessons learned: spending time, money in Midwest
Biden's "campaign is doing a better job, even during COVID, of reaching out with the candidates and a voter-to-voter effort. Besides spending no time in Wisconsin and only five days in Michigan, Clinton didn't begin advertising in either until two weeks before the election. There's been more to Biden's sharper focus on Michigan and Wisconsin than showing up and spending money. Biden's Michigan campaign as well as national aides have contacted Kinloch more in the past two months than Clinton's did throughout all of 2016, he said. “They're looping everything we're doing individually together under the Biden campaign,” Kinloch said.
Men arrested in plot to kidnap Michigan governor discussed Northam as a target, says FBI agent
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing for a group of men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor. “They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governor of Michigan and Virginia based on the lockdown orders,” Trask said. President Donald Trump urged supporters to “LIBERATE” Michigan, Virginia and Minnesota in a series of tweets in April, encouraging protesters who turned up at state Capitols to oppose restrictions aimed at minimizing the spread of the virus. Authorities said four of the men had planned to meet last week to pay for explosives and exchange tactical gear. The other four men did wear coverings; all five wore shackles on their hands and feet during the hearing.
3 denied bond in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor
In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. She said she would rule at a later date on the bond status of the other two Michigan men, Adam Fox and Ty Garbin. A sixth defendant from Delaware, Barry Croft, was ordered Tuesday to be transferred to Michigan to face the charges. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler countered that it was a “serious plot” and argued that Franks should not be released.
Michigan commissioner blames Black people for virus, uses N-word
“Black Lives Matter is racist. ... Black Lives Matter has no heart. And that is as offensive to me as the N-word,” he added, then used the full racist slur. “If I could get a few people that, when they see a Black Lives Matter sign up, to think the N-word, I have accomplished what I'm after,” he added. “They strongly want everyone to know this type of behavior is not typical of Leelanau County residents nor it is condoned by Leelanau County residents,” he said.
Enbridge says contractor vessels may have damaged pipeline
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Michigan attorney general's office and the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. A state judge granted a request from Nessel to close the line June 25 after Enbridge reported the damage. The Enbridge report said the nature of the damage and drag marks in the lakebed pointed to a cable or anchor from a small or moderately sized vessel. Enbridge says it has stepped up security measures in the straits since a 6-ton (5.44-metric tonne) barge and tugboat anchor struck Line 5 in April 2018. They have focused primarily on avoiding contact with larger vessels but are being expanded to prevent encounters with smaller ones, Duffy said.
Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas
Far from the industrial norths urban centers, hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas. The protests in these Republican-leaning areas offer a test of the president's ability to reassemble his older, white voting bloc. No, you cant.Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes in 2016, in part with overwhelming support from a patchwork of rural, white counties. Dozens of protests have taken place in counties in these four battleground states that Trump flipped from Democrat to Republican. If Biden carries every state Clinton did in 2016 and reclaims Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he would win a majority of the Electoral College votes.
Gale-force winds, up to 20-foot waves likely on Lake Michigan
(CNN) - The second intense storm in a week is whipping up gale-force winds and waves as high as 20 feet across an already-high Lake Michigan. Waves already had hit 9 feet early Tuesday off the eastern Lake Michigan shore. The combination of above-average lake levels and gale-force winds will lead to another round of lakeshore flooding and beach erosion Tuesday through Thursday. Near-record lake levels leading to beach erosionAbove-average rainfall this year around Lake Michigan has raised the lake to near-record lake levels. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will remain above the long-term average levels by 30 to 32 inches over the next six months, the US Army Corps of Engineers predicts.
American steel industry downgraded as trade war drags on
NEW YORK - The steady decline of America's steel industry is continuing, despite President Donald Trump's efforts to protect it through tariffs on imports. The latest sign came on Thursday, when Moody's downgraded its outlook for the entire domestic industry to "negative" from "stable." Trump came into office in 2017 promising to revive the steel industry and save jobs. His tariffs 25% on most steel imports and 10% on most aluminum imports initially pushed prices higher. But the increased steel production and prices didn't last, and some steelmakers, including US Steel, have more recently closed mills.
Deer Photobombs Wedding Shoot, Eats Bride's Bouquet
A Michigan couple got a surprise guest at their wedding, and he had no qualms about walking straight into their photo shoot. When Morgan held the bouquet up in the air, out of the deer's reach, he simply jumped for it. That's when Morgan figured it was probably better to throw her bouquet to the deer instead of her female guests. "We ended up just dropping the bouquet and letting the deer have it," Bennett said. Whatever the case, Bennett says she hopes the buck will remain safe since deer hunting season opens later this month.
Student recycles plastic waste into clothing
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan student Jackson Riegler is turning plastic waste from the Great Lakes into sustainable clothing. "The Great Lakes are really special and tremendously important to Michigan and our country." The economics student is aiming to prevent the prediction that seas will have more plastic than fish in the near future. The company donates 5 percent of all profits to nonprofit groups working to preserve the Great Lakes. "As plastic waste continues to build up domestically, we hope to inspire other companies to use U.S. plastic waste in their supply chains by taking charge as a leader in the industry and inspiring customers to live more sustainably."
Woman, dogs rescued after night below Lake Michigan bluff
A Coast Guard helicopter was used to rescue a woman and a dog from the bottom of a sandy bluff near Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. LAKE MICHIGAN (WNEM) - A Coast Guard helicopter was used to rescue a woman and a dog from the bottom of a sandy bluff near Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. The Coast Guard says the woman, her husband and three dogs spent Thursday night at the bottom of the bluff, near Ludington, after they couldn't climb up the loose soil and sand. The Coast Guard sent two helicopters, one from Muskegon and another from Traverse City. One helicopter was used to airlift the woman and a dog around 12:45 p.m.A local team from the fire department rescued the other two dogs.
Toddler Sobs as He Drifts Out on Lake Michigan on Giant Duck Float
A toddler was rescued from Lake Michigan after drifting away from his family on a giant duck float. The boy was in the water with his mom and another young child at Washington Park in Michigan City, Indiana, on Monday afternoon. Last August, four women were stranded on a large unicorn float on a Minnesota lake and had to be rescued by local deputies who happened to be driving by. In June, another child on a unicorn float was swept out to sea off the coast of North Carolina, leading his mom to call 911. RELATED STORIESWomen Who Were Rescued on Unicorn Float Thankful Deputies Stumbled Upon ThemWhy Kids Shouldn't Ride Floatie Animals in the Ocean Without Adult Supervision5-Year-Old Who Fell Down Storm Drain Rescued With Swing