Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Owners of Marion, Illinois, Mobile Home Park

The Justice Department announced today that the owners and operators of the Williams Trailer Court mobile home park in Marion, Illinois, had agreed to pay $75,000 to settle allegations that they discriminated against African Americans and families with children, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The settlement was approved today by the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

At a public hearing on increasing national fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks,...

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett has issued an order to seal the property identified as Advanced Asymmetrics, Inc., located at 109 South Kossuth, in Millstadt, St. Clair County, from public access due to health and safety concerns from chemicals remaining in the abandoned laboratory.

Congressman Mike Quigley

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, went on a tour through the Pullman and Calumet region to highlight the positive impact environmental restoration can have on community development.

Durbin: Senate’s Long-Term Transportation Bill Provides Certainty Needed To Create Jobs And Improve Infrastructure

Businesses and state governments would have the certainty they need to plan critical infrastructure projects if the long-term bi-partisan transportation bill passed by the U.S. Senate becomes law, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said today following a tour of the Midwest Inland Port in Decatur. Since 2009, Congress has passed 34 stop-gap measures to keep the country’s major transportation and infrastructure programs from shutting down, with the most recent vote in late July– the third extension this year alone

Durbin, Emanuel Announce A $10.2 Million Investment In Chicago Midway Airport

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the City of Chicago, Illinois has received $10,210,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements and upgrades at Chicago Midway International Airport. Of this funding, $210,000 will be used to purchase additional equipment. In addition, $10 million will be used for noise mitigation efforts near Chicago Midway International Airport.


Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration issued an onerous rule for coal-fired power plants, demanding that generators cut their carbon dioxide output 32 percent

Schakowsky Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final Clean Power Plan rule to reduce emissions from existing power plants. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response

Senate Passes Long-Term Transportation Investment Bill with Kirk Priorities for Illinois

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today helped pass long-term highway and rail bill that invests $6.3 billion in Illinois highways and transit systems over the next three years and includes Kirk-authored legislation to reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and open access to low-interest financing for freight and passenger rail projects.

Quigley, Duckworth, Schakowsky Statement on CDA Plans to Mitigate O’Hare Noise

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a leader of the Quiet Skies Caucus, along with Reps. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) released the following statement in response to the list of steps the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will be taking to address the noise issue at O’Hare


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


Make Your Garage Door Quieter

How to Make Your Garage Door Quieter

Did you know that the structural noise from a garage can be anywhere from 5 decibels to 20 decibels above the background noise levels? And if you are wondering how much change would a 20-decibel increase make, then consider this – with a rise of 20 decibels, the sound energy increases by a factor of 100!