CHICAGO (AP) - A number of Chicago aldermen are calling for an investigation of the city's red light camera system, which may have issued thousands of tickets under questionable circumstances. A Chicago Tribune investigation revealed dramatic increases in the number of tickets issued at a dozen intersections in recent years. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to refund the fines for any tickets involved that are shown to be unjustified.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will block the storage of toxic PCBs in a landfill that sits over an aquifer that provides water for 750,000 people. Quinn's office says that comes after officials learned that local approval of the landfill in 2002 didn't include PCBs. The U.S. EPA is still considering the landfill proposal.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois exported about 12 million tons of coal in 2013. That's down a bit from the 13 million tons exported a year earlier, but far more than the 5.5 million tons exported in 2011 and 2.5 million tons in 2010. Illinois coal production accounts for about 4,000 jobs. Critics, though, say exports are shifting pollution to other countries.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Managers of two Illinois fairs have been fined for soliciting and accepting free beer tickets for the events. Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza's office released a report detailing the violations against the manager of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the former manager of the DuQuoin (doo-QOYN') State Fair. One was fined $1,000 and suspended for two days without pay. The other was fined $5,000.
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