Money from Illinois’ capital program will be used to help clean up the Chicago River.   The state will be giving $10 million to support design and engineering of new facilities to disinfect discharges from two sewage treatment plants. Gov. Pat Quinn says the goal is to make the river more viable for swimming and fishing in the future.  


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In the heyday of manufacturing and processing in Chicago, the river was treated as a waste ditch. Efforts to clean up the river have been under way for years, and conditions have improved.   “Cleaning up our waterways will not only improve the quality of life in the Chicago area but also attract more tourists and residents to Illinois,” Quinn said. “We understand that water all over Illinois, whether it’s in Chicago or the suburbs or Downstate, we have to make these investments. It’s key to our prosperity.”   The engineering and design costs total $21 million, with the amount above the state contribution coming from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Construction is set to start in the fall with the entire project to be completed by the end of 2015.


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