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
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."