Bruce Rauner, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 About Illinois

Stay Informed

Your Government

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General

 IGNN: State/All Press Release

The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.

May 13, 2011

Simon supports federal order to clean up Chicago River
Disinfection needed for safe recreation

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said she supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s order to clean up the Chicago River so people can use it safely.

Simon, who chairs three Illinois rivers conservation councils, made her comments at a Chicago River Summit at the Merchandise Mart hosted by the Friends of the Chicago River, which has led the charge for higher water quality standards and improved recreational activities on the city’s “second shoreline.”

Simon said: “The Chicago River is a great recreational asset, and we have an obligation to ensure that the people who use it are safe. Today, when our friends and family enter the river, they are exposed to harmful bacteria that could make them sick. I encourage federal, state and local officials to work together to expedite the disinfection of the Chicago River. As stewards of public health and the environment, we should aim for the highest water quality standards, not the minimum.”

Under state law, Simon chairs the Illinois River, Mississippi River, and Wabash and Ohio River Coordinating Councils, which work with local communities to address watershed issues.


News Categories

 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Economic Development
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 Opportunity Returns

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement


Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2017 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us