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President’s Message February 2016

Greetings, February is upon us and so is our annual Skatefest. Please take the time to attend this event for family and friends. Bring a neighbor’s kid along too, if you like. Time spent with family is worth twice the time spent with work, so drink it up. January saw us celebrate. The inauguration of […]

Michigan Regulator Resigns Amid Flint’s Lead-In-Water Crisis

By David Eggert LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s top environmental regulator resigned Dec. 29, 2015, after elevated levels of lead were found in Flint children during a drinking water crisis that a task force blamed primarily on his agency. Gov. Rick Snyder accepted the resignation of Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and apologized […]

Shorter Illinois Highway Emerges From Failed Interstate Bid

By Alan Scher Zagier ST. LOUIS (AP) — A long-planned federal highway across southern Illinois connecting Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky is no more — at least for now. Federal transportation officials quietly pulled the plug on the 66 Corridor project this past summer after Kentucky withdrew its support for what was once envisioned […]

50 Years and Counting for Ford City Mall Chillers

Ford City Mall on the southwest side of Chicago has a storied history, and Chief Engineer Frank Werner has been there for much of it. Werner has tended to the mechanical systems at Ford City Mall since 1972, after a part-time job at age 16 turned into a career. “I was experienced with the property, […]

Dubai Tower Blaze Shows Risks in Common Building Material

By Adam Schreck and Jon Gambrell DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Within minutes, the revelry of New Year’s Eve in Dubai turned to horror as those gathered for fireworks downtown watched flames race up the side of one of the glistening city’s most prominent luxury hotels. But the fire at the 63-story The Address […]