Latest Lake Michigan News

Utility eyes earlier shutdown of Lake Michigan power plant

Oct. 27, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana utility company is looking to shutter a coal-fired power plant along Lake Michigan two years earlier than planned. Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said it now plans to retire its electricity generating plant in Michigan...

Center in UP to look at impact of oil spills in freshwater

Oct. 23, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula has been selected as a hub for a center that will look at the impacts of oil spills in freshwater environments. The U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for...

Chicago installing signs renaming key road for Black settler

Oct. 22, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor has helped launch the installation of new signs renaming the city's picturesque Lake Shore Drive after a Black man recognized as a key settler of the city. Mayor Lori Lightfoot gathered Thursday with political and community leaders at...

Enbridge temporarily stops Michigan pipeline due to protests

Oct. 19, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

The operator of a Michigan oil pipeline said it temporarily shut down Line 5 Tuesday after protesters warned the company that they planned to turn an emergency valve. Video posted on social media showed someone with a hard hat and a wrench inside a...

Michigan city declares emergency over lead; governor visits

Oct. 19, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she visited Benton Harbor on Tuesday to listen to residents who have been urged to use bottled water because of elevated levels of lead in their tap water. Whitmer's stop, which wasn't publicly disclosed...

SS Badger makes final Lake Michigan crossing of season

Oct. 17, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The SS Badger backed into its dock Oct. 10 for the last time this season, letting about 300 passengers off into Ludington and ending nearly five months of daily round trips across Lake Michigan. A stream of water arced from a fire engine’s...

2nd spill in weeks at US Steel plant prompts precautions

Oct. 08, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A second spill in less than two weeks at a U.S. Steel plant in northwest Indiana sent an oily sheen onto a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting officials to close some nearby lake access as a precaution. The sheen was detected Thursday morning on...

AP WAS THERE: Great Chicago fire, Oct. 8-10, 1871

Oct. 07, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Editor’s note: It was 150 years ago that the Great Chicago Fire ignited, eventually killing about 300 people and consuming a major portion of the city over three days. The Associated Press, just 25 years old then, sent dispatches first from its office...

AP WAS THERE: Great Chicago fire, Oct. 8-10, 1871

Oct. 07, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Editor's note: It was 150 years ago that the Great Chicago Fire ignited, eventually killing about 300 people and consuming a major portion of the city over three days. The Associated Press, just 25 years old then, sent dispatches first from its office in...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 05, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. September 29, 2021. Editorial: Bears vs. Lightfoot. Mayor, it’s time for a goal-line stand for taxpayers. The NFL faithful know Don Wachter. He’s the Chicago Bears superfan who shows up at Soldier Field wearing a hat made from a...