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Young Lawyers Aim to Curb Distracted Drivingposted October 6th, 2015
For decades, public safety advocates, law enforcement officials and educators have warned teenage drivers of the dangers of driving under the influence. There’s a growing push to educate teenagers of the risks associated with distracted driving. The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is launching a new education program at high school students. Chicago attorney Matt Passen tells WDCB News some motorists still don’t think the dangers of distracted driving apply to them. Volunteer attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s will be going to high schools throughout the Chicago-area with a presentation that aims to change attitudes towards distracted driving.
EPA Imposes Stricter Rules For Ozone Pollutionposted October 6th, 2015
High ozone levels are a problem for people with asthma, COPD, and other respiratory problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency updated the air quality standard to reduce the effect of the pollutant. The American Lung Association of Greater Chicago’s Mike Kolleng says every five years federal regulators review the scientific data and adjust the rule. He tells WDCB News the change offers protection for the most vulnerable people. Kolleng says any time the country makes the standards more protective everyone benefits. He says the Lung Association is very happy the standards are more strict, but also thinks it's important that EPA constantly upgrade the standards. Kolleng says researchers say there is evidence for an even tougher standard is warranted. But he says this is a good step forward in the ongoing fight to improve air quality for all people.
C-MAP's Plan for Route 53 Extensionposted October 2nd, 2015
For more than 20 years there has been debate over extending Route 53 north into Lake County. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has developed a strategy to move the project forward. C-MAP planner and policy analyst Jason Navota says the agency’s holding two open houses later this month to let people review the plan. He tells WDCB News this could be the last, best chance to move the idea forward. Navota says there has been good progress and there is a consortium people and groups that have been involved over the past four to five years. He's hopeful the concept will move forward to the next stage. Navota says there are still mixed feelings about the project among Lake County residents, but there is growing support. He says the Route 53 extension isn’t nearly as polarizing as it was just a few years ago. C-MAP will hold two open houses in Lake County so residents can review the plan.
Rauner Closes State Museum...Lockport Gallery Stays Openposted October 1st, 2015
The latest victim of the state’s on-going budget stalemate is the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, and its satellite galleries. The facilities closed Wednesday, although the employees are still supposed to report for work. Lockport Mayor Steve Streit is working to keep open what has been a State Gallery in his community. Streit tells WDCB News the Lockport facility is unlike the other satellite state museums. He says the difference is, the state doesn't own the building that houses the gallery. Streit says the city's been paying the rent on the space and covering the insurance for the building. Lockport organized an exhibit called 'The People's Show' this summer with work from Chicago area artists to illustrate the importance of the gallery to its downtown. Streit says as far as he knows the items people donated to preserve Illinois culture and history over the years are now locked away in storage. He says Lockport will continue to program exhibits at the gallery despite the Governor’s move to close it.
Glen Ellyn Library Hosts 3D Design Challengeposted October 1st, 2015
A suburban library is encouraging area residents to experiment with 3D printing. The Glen Ellyn Public Library hosting its first ever 3-D Design Competition. Librarian Christina Keasler says 3D printers have been around for decades, but have become increasingly more accessible over the past few years. She says the innovative technology is a great tool for teaching a STEAM-based curriculum which focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Glen Ellyn Public Library has offered 3D printing courses for the past two years. She says initially all of the class attendees were teenagers, but now kids as young as six are coming to experiment with the 3D printer.
First Ever Chicago Museum Week Set to Kick Offposted September 30th, 2015
A group of Chicago museums hopes to generate some additional attention with a new seven day campaign that starts tomorrow. Twelve of the city’s most influential cultural institutions are participating in the inaugural Chicago Museum Week. David Deyhle is one of the co-chairs of Chicago Museum Week. He tells WDCB News the campaign is modeled after some of the city’s other successful one-week initiatives. Participating museums will be offering a mix of free admission, discounts and special programming over the course of seven day period.
Retailers Adopt 'Chip & Sign' Systemposted September 30th, 2015
In Europe, credit cards contain a chip that requires consumers to enter a four digit pin every time they make a purchase, in person or on-line. Starting tomorrow, U.S. consumers will have to insert a chip enabled credit card into a reader and sign to make buy things at brick and mortar retailers. University of Illinois-Chicago computer security professor Dr. Robert Sloan says ‘chip and sign’ is a first step toward increased data protection. But he tells WDCB News it’s only a ‘half-way house’ and won’t affect online credit card fraud. Sloan says 'card present' fraud is using a forged a credit card, he says putting the chip in the card makes it much harder to fake a card. He says the change should drive that portion of credit card theft to near zero. Sloan thinks the U.S. financial industry pushed this interim step to keep people from keeping plastic in their wallet instead of learning a new PIN. The Nilson report suggests the cost of credit card fraud more than doubled in the past 15 years.
Conference Explores Great Lakes Restoration Effortsposted September 29th, 2015
Insuring the future health of the world largest supply of fresh water is the focus of an event this week in Chicago. The Great Lakes Coalition is hosting the eleventh annual ‘Great Lakes Restoration’ conference. Coalition Director Todd Ambs says a variety of projects are underway across the Great Lakes states. He tells WDCB News having access to the fresh water supply is a blessing, but it also carries an obligation to care for the lakes. Ambs says the good news is the region has easy access to 20% of the world's fresh water, and the challenge is when there are problems with that volume of water it takes a big investment and a lot of work to make a difference. He says the federal budget continues to provide an adequate level of funding to support the restoration efforts. He says some projects to remove toxic waste are near completion while other efforts will require many years of work before they’re close to finished.
Chicago Could Be Home to New Foodseumposted September 29th, 2015
Chicago could soon be the home to a museum dedicated exclusively to food. KyleJoseph is the executive director of the non-profit FOODSEUM, which just openeda pop-up exhibit on hot dogs at Block 37 on State Street. Joseph says the idea for a food museum came from his own travel experiences where he witnessed food’s ability to bring people together. He tells WDCB News this pop-up exhibit is the first step toward a permanent brick-and-mortar museum. Joseph hopes to open a permanent FOODSEUM by 2017. In the meantime, the non-profit’s free pop-up exhibit on hot dogs will be on display through December 20th.