It’s a conflict as old as conflict itself: Man vs. Nature. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says government does, indeed, have a role in controlling resources such as rivers in and bordering Illinois. “Where we live, along the Mississippi, it is, in fact, very managed, and part of that management, in some cases, creates some flooding problems,” she says.
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“We have an enormous responsibility to protect the commerce that goes along the river, the people who live along the river, and all the natural resources that go along with it.” Simon says the three river coordinating councils in Illinois, which are by statute the lieutenant governor’s responsibility, will soon become one, in a stab at efficiency. The three are for the Mississippi, the Illinois, and the Wabash and Ohio.