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WAUKEGAN - A wildlife worker says a four-foot long caiman found in Lake Michigan near Chicago would've been lucky to live a couple more weeks.

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  HAMMOND, Ind. - U.S. Steel will pay more than $1.2 million in a civil penalty and various federal agency reimbursements for costs and damages. This after one of its northwestern Indiana plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a tributary of Lake Michigan.

New details are emerging about the Obama Presidential Center including design revisions for a taller and sleeker museum tower and hundreds of new trees. 

  Further studies of the park that's the future home of the Obama Presidential Center are expected to start this week.

The center is planned for Jackson Park, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It's on Chicago's South Side along Lake Michigan.

     Federal reviews are needed before construction starts. There's a meeting Friday in Chicago to study potential impacts.

Former President Barack Obama's presidential center could include a playground, performance lawn and a sledding hill. 

The Environmental Protection Agency says water sampling in Lake Michigan and a tributary shows no significant discharge of a potentially carcinogenic chemical from a U.S. Steel Corp. wastewater spill in northern Indiana.

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The Illinois State Geological Survey is using airborne electronic technology to map the coastal sands in Lake Michigan. A helicopter started making low altitude passes from the Wisconsin state line to the Illinois-Indiana border with a six-sided antenna hanging below it. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with ISGS researcher Ethan Theuerkauf. He says the goal is to create a very detailed 3D image of the lake bed.

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Federal officials are delaying a proposal for a new line of defense in the Chicago area to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was scheduled to release a draft plan today for installing new technologies or taking other steps to block the invasive fish's path at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.  No new release date has been set.

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A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest early this morning.  Dashcam video from police cruisers in Illinois and Wisconsin captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well.

(AP) - Federal officials say they'll continue efforts to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite uncertainty about what Donald Trump might propose.

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  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - States adjacent to Lake Michigan have agreed to cut back on stocking the lake with chinook salmon and lake trout over the next two years.

A council representing the eight Great Lakes states has voted to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin, unprecedented access to Lake Michigan as its drinking water source.  The city of 70,000 in the Milwaukee suburbs won unanimous approval from eight states that are members of a regional compact designed to prevent water raids from afar.

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A federal study says small fish can be trapped in water currents created by commercial barges and pulled through electric barriers designed to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says tests show that fish swimming near barges can remain caught between them for substantial distances. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a federal appeals court in his increasingly desperate attempt to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum in another city. 

The wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas says opposition to a Chicago lakefront museum by a parks advocacy group has prompted a search outside the city for a site.

Federal agencies plan to spend $57.3 million this year on preventing invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could disrupt food chains and out-compete native fish.

The city of Chicago is asking a judge to lift an order barring "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from starting construction on a $400-million museum along Chicago's lakefront while litigation plays out.

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400-million museum along Chicago's lakefront.

A federal judge has told a nonprofit group trying to stop "Star Wars"' filmmaker George Lucas from building a $400-million museum in Chicago to respond to the city's request to dismiss its lawsuit.

The Chicago City Council has approved filmmaker George Lucas' plan to build a museum along Lake Michigan.  The "Star Wars" director plans to build the 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along the city's lakefront.  Construction could start in the spring and the museum could open by as early as 2019.

Chicago's City Council will vote next week on plans for a lakefront museum that will be financed by filmmaker George Lucas.  The "Star Wars" director is planning a 300-thousand-square-foot facility along Lake Michigan. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says design plans of a museum proposed on Chicago's lakefront by movie producer George Lucas are being updated. 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is pitching a $10 million plan to pump tar-like liquids from the groundwater near the Waukegan Port District's lakefront property.

A Chicago federal judge says a civil suit seeking to block George Lucas' museum from being built along Lake Michigan can proceed.