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Supreme Court won't hear Asian carp suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not even bother hearing a suit filed by the Michigan attorney general and others to force the closure of locks between Lake Michigan and the Illinois Waterway to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. It was a politically motivated suit to start with, initiated by Mike Cox,... Read more »

Supreme Court: No to closing Great Lakes locks (update)

The high court for the second time has rejected a request by some of Illinois’ neighbors to shut down Chicago-area locks to prevent the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Now will Michigan and other plaintiffs come up with other boneheaded ideas for hurting Chicago’s economy? UPDATE: In response to the ruling, Robyn... Read more »

Shut down the St. Lawrence Seaway

Now that Minnesota has joined Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania in a war on the Illinois shipping industry, I am reminded of the perils of the round goby. The what? The round goby is a bug-eyed fish of prey that entered the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of ocean freighters two decades ago and now is multiplying... Read more »
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Me, the Tribune and carp

Dead fish float at the surface at the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal during the Asian Carp Rapid Response Project to prevent carp from entering Lake Michigan. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources launched an unprecedented fish kill by dumping gallons of the toxin rotenone into the canal. (Tribune photo by William DeShazer / December... Read more »
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