Latest Lake Michigan News

$26 million cleanup starting on contaminated Indiana canal

May. 21, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana. The EPA says sediment will be dredged in Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana. Work is expected to be completed in 2020. The canal...

Asian carp DNA found in Chicago area near Lake Michigan

May. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted results last week from sampling conducted in the Chicago Area Waterway System in early April. Most of the...

Authorities name 2 men in plane missing over Lake Michigan

May. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men they believe were aboard a small plane that went missing over Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Wednesday that the Benzie County sheriff's office lists the missing men as 65-year-old Randal...

Searches off northern Michigan don't turn up missing plane

May. 14, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say searches haven't turned up signs of a small plane that went missing while flying over Lake Michigan. The Benzie County sheriff's office says the plane dropped off radar on Sunday night off of northern Michigan, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Frankfort, and...

Crews search water off northern Michigan for small plane

May. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say crews are searching the water off of northern Michigan for a small plane that's reportedly missing. The Benzie County sheriff's office says the plane was reported missing Sunday night over Lake Michigan about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Frankfort. WPBN-TV...

Gary seeks developers to build attraction at beachside site

May. 1, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary city officials are hoping to attract a developer to turn a plot of land along Lake Michigan into a lakefront destination. The northwestern Indiana city is seeking bids from developers interested in building hotels, restaurants, tourist-oriented retail, pedestrian-friendly commerce or...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

Apr. 29, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that...

Environmental group clashes with Kohler Co. over golf course

Apr. 27, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Kohler Co. and an environmental group are at odds over the Wisconsin-based manufacturing company's plan to build a golf course on the shore of Lake Michigan. Kohler Co. is appealing a March court ruling that reversed a state decision to issue the company a wetlands permit for its...

Miranda to attend Chicago opening of 'Hamilton' exhibition

Apr. 26, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An exhibition that producers tout as a 360-degree immersive experience to expand on "Hamilton" the hit Broadway musical will enjoy a Chicago debut. "Hamilton: The Exhibition" was to open Saturday in a temporary building erected on the city's Northerly Island along Lake Michigan. Producers...

Work resumes on private Indiana Dunes park pavilion project

Apr. 26, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Construction has resumed on a private, yearslong project to redevelop a historic pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park in northwest Indiana. Pavilion Partners LLC member Tom Collins says new windows will be installed soon, and the private group aims to complete all work by May 2020...