Sucks to Breathe in Chicago

I’ve said in the past that Chicago is one of the worst cities in the country for people who suffer with asthma.  It wasn’t a secret, but one or two over on my Chicago Sucks post disagreed with me.  Now I have even more evidence.  Tribune Watchdog report: Chicago’s toxic air 

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Lovely view, no?  This is why I laugh when Chicago defenders go on about how “clean” the city is.  Really?  Compared to what?  A gas station bathroom?  Now, it’s not a secret I don’t consider myself an “environmentalist” by any means, but this is ridiculous.  And just because I don’t think of myself as an environmentalist doesn’t mean I don’t believe in being responsible about our environment – it just means we might disagree on the best way to go about that – but that’s for another blog.  My point here is that there are agencies designed to prevent this sort of thing from occurring.  I think one of the most telling lines from the article says a lot about life in Chicagoland:

Illinois environmental regulators haven’t turned to the data to help focus their efforts, either. In his Sept. 18 reply to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Tribune, a state lawyer wrote: "The Illinois EPA has no information about the [database], and has not used it in any way."

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10 thoughts on “Sucks to Breathe in Chicago

  1. *coughcough* That’s really *cough* funny! *coughcoughcough*

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  2. Love – *cough* Funny! I have a nice visual now for when I say, “The pall of corruption hung over Chicago.”

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  3. number 1 stressful city, the secret is out on chicago.

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  4. JR – And see how the city reeks!

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  5. Something needs to be done… but according to this….
    http://www.ajc.com/health/content/metro/stories/2008/05/01/websmog_0501.html

    Chicago is far from the worst. Cheers!

    BTW- The article I’m writing is taking FOREVER. I will post it sometime this weekend. Hope all is well guys!!!

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  6. Oh Frank, you didn’t read the article. Based on the EPA’s database, Cook Co is the worst in the nation. You can check it here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/rsei-database,0,3220483.htmlstory.

    Also, that information was stated in the article. Those who look up Cook County will see it ranked worst in the nation for dangerous air pollution, based on 2005 data. The Tribune also found Chicago was among the 10 worst cities in the U.S.

    I’m looking forward to reading your article – do you have a deadline to get it in to your professor?

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  7. INdySIN

    Well WE’VE always known that something stinks about Chicago, so it’s nice to know the scientific community agrees!

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  8. Indy – Maybe Chicagoans will catch on too – ya think? 😉

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  9. INdySIN

    DarcsFalcon- We can always hope so DarcsFalcon, we can only hope. Of course I also keep hoping every morning that I’ll open my eyes and wake up in another city, so the jury’s still out on that whole ‘hoping’ thing… 🙂

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  10. Indy – You do that too? Every day I click my heels 3 times and wish, “Anyplace but Chicago! Anyplace but Chicago!” Hasn’t worked yet though but I’m still trying! Persistent thing, that hope!

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