Report: Chicago board expected to OK river cleanup

June 2, 2011 (CHICAGO)

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, a majority of the district's nine elected board members say they back a White House plan to make stretches of the Chicago River, Cal-Sag Channel and Little Calumet River safer for recreation.

Terrence O'Brien, the board's longtime president, has been a chief critic of Environmental Protection Agency cleanup plans. He told the Tribune he will not stand in the way of a policy change. But he thinks the river cleanup is an unfunded federal mandate.

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