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Century-Old Pipe Break Points to National Problem

July 31, 2014 – 2:48 pm | 1 views


The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

The flooding sent more than 20 million gallons of water cascading from a water main in the midst of California’s worst drought in decades and as tough new state fines took effect for residents who waste water by hosing down driveways or using a hose without a nozzle to wash their car.

Much of the piping that carries drinking water in the country dates to the first half of the 20th century, with some installed before Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House…Please click here to read Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood’s AP story on ABC News.

SSC approved for new manufacturing certificate program

July 31, 2014 – 2:36 pm | 2 views
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Press release from South Suburban College:
South Suburban College (SSC) was notified in a letter last week from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) of their approval for a new Manufacturing Basics 16-hour Certificate, effective immediately. …

Public input requested in household hazardous waste disposal survey

July 30, 2014 – 4:54 pm | 32 views

From the Delta Institute; please share with your communities…
On behalf of Cook County Department of Environmental Control, Delta Institute has developed a brief survey aimed at understanding how Cook County residents currently dispose of their …

Road salt supplies questionable for some Ill., Ind. departments

July 29, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 10 views
Road salt supplies questionable for some Ill., Ind. departments

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter’s record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies, according to local leaders and state officials who oversee a shared procurement process.
But in Indiana, …

Lincoln exhibit opens at tollway oasis

July 29, 2014 – 2:42 pm | 10 views

With “Abe Lincoln” cutting the bright blue ribbon, Illinois tourism and tollway officials on Monday morning opened a new exhibit at the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis: “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America.”
“It displays my life very …

Cook County creates free property fraud alert system

July 29, 2014 – 2:29 pm | 14 views

From the Cook County Recorder of Deeds; Please share with your residents:
Property and recording fraud is one of the fastest growing white-collar crimes. Fraudsters often target paid-for homes that have no mortgage, usually owned by …

Ground Breaks on ‘Remarkable’ Pullman Community Center Complex

July 28, 2014 – 6:49 pm | 28 views
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When the Pullman Community Center opens next fall, community members and leaders say it’ll be a neighborhood anchor and another sign of the Far South Side’s resurgence.
Ground was broken on the $15 million, 138,000-square-foot complex …

Cook County approves road projects for upcoming years

July 28, 2014 – 2:00 pm | 18 views

Cook County officials said work will proceed in 2015 on a pair of projects meant to repair or build business-oriented roads in suburban Harvey and Lynwood.
The County Board on Wednesday approved resuming the extension east …

July 31, Aug 6 & 7: Manufacturing Skills Job Training Presentations

July 25, 2014 – 6:56 pm | 69 views

From OAI; please share with your residents:
The Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership is now enrolling participants in their grant-funded Manufacturing Skills Job Training  and Internship Programs. Courses begin August 18, 2014. All are invited to learn …