Latest Lake Michigan News

Board of Iowa insurance pool travels far for public meetings

Sep. 17, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Board members of an Iowa government insurance program have frequently held public meetings at posh out-of-state resorts, costing tens of thousands of dollars while making it harder for the public to attend, a review by The Associated Press shows. Directors of the Iowa Communities...

Chicago installs lakefront barriers to shield against damage

Sep. 15, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say crews will install hundreds of yards of barriers along Lake Michigan to guard against flood damage from storms in the fall and winter. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says high lake levels have been an ongoing issue historically and the barriers will help mitigate vulnerable...

Lake Michigan erosion endangering 400-ton historic pavilion

Sep. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A 400-ton pavilion built in the 1940s could fall 100 feet from a bluff into Lake Michigan if nothing is done to fight erosion from rising waters at a state park in Michigan. Doug Barry, Orchard Beach State Park supervisor, said the limestone pavilion sits about 50 feet (15 meters)...

Weather service confirms tornado caused damage near Chicago

Sep. 4, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down north of Chicago late Tuesday, causing minor damage and at least one injury. Weather service meteorologists said Wednesday the tornado touched down near the Waukegan Airport and cut a narrow path of damage for about two...

Boaters slow to return Indiana beaches after cyanide spill

Sep. 1, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Boating enthusiasts have been slow to return to the Lake Michigan shoreline in northwestern Indiana after a chemical spill killed thousands of fish and prompted the temporary closure of beaches. ArcelorMittal issued an apology Aug. 16 for the cyanide and ammonia spill that occurred...

Great Lakes freighters may have to treat ballast water

Sep. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than $375 billion in cargo — iron ore, coal, cement, stone, grain and more — has flowed between Great Lakes ports and foreign nations since 1959. That is when Queen Elizabeth and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower christened the St. Lawrence Seaway, heralding it as an...

Lakefront city wants more sand to spread on eroding beach

Aug. 31, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — With rising water levels threatening Great Lakes shorelines, one northern Illinois community is seeking emergency approval from regulators to spread thousands of cubic yards of sand along an eroding beach. Highland Park, which four years ago reopened Rosewood Beach after a $12...

Indiana board backs casino's move to on-land Gary location

Aug. 29, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana regulators have approved allowing the move of a casino from along Lake Michigan to an on-land location in Gary. The Indiana Gaming Commission's vote on Wednesday will let Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment proceed with plans for building the new Hard Rock Casino on...

Coroner: Body found in Lake Michigan is missing Illinois man

Aug. 26, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana coroner says a body found along Lake Michigan is that of an Illinois man who vanished while boating on the lake. Porter County Coroner Cyndi Dykes said Monday the body is that of 45-year-old Pawel Knych of Itasca, Illinois. Preliminary findings indicate that he died...

Weather service warns people to stay out of Lake Michigan

Aug. 26, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials are warning anyone planning on heading to the beach along Lake Michigan to stay out of the water because the conditions are life threatening. The National Weather Service on Monday issued a Beach Hazard statement for the fifth straight day in Cook County and to the north in Lake...