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Archive for February 17th, 2011

Madigan: Illinois to receive $61 million in Environmental Cleanup Funds from Tronox, Inc.

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Funding for Cleanup of Chicago, Downstate Kerr-McGee Chemical Sites 


Chicago, IL ─ Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today that Illinois will receive more than $61 million to initiate or continue environmental cleanup activities at several sites throughout the state contaminated by the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Co.

Attorney General Madigan joined the federal government, 21 other states, the Navajo Nation and some local units of government in a $270 million global settlement with Tronox, Inc. that was filed in federal bankruptcy court in New York. In addition to the $270 million case settlement, Tronox is paying its outstanding financial assurance obligations. Kerr-McGee restructured its former companies and allegedly placed all of its environmental liabilities into the new entity. Tronox filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2009 after it was unable to meet its obligations to clean up contaminated sites across the country.

“This action will provide much needed funding that will be dedicated solely to remediate serious environmental damage Kerr-McGee left behind in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois,” said Madigan.

As a result of the multi-state settlement, Madigan said several trusts were established and will oversee disbursing funds to resolve environmental cleanups including $40 million in financial assurance payments for the Rare Earth Facility (REF) in West Chicago. Kerr-McGee produced thorium that was extracted from ore at the plant until it closed in 1973.

The continued clean up of Kress Creek in DuPage County, required under a prior consent decree, will receive a $1.6 million cash payment from the global settlement. The settlement also provides for a loan of up to $14 million from the REF financial assurance and reimbursement monies from the Department of Defense.  Additionally, Tronox-owned residential sites in DuPage County will receive $306,488 and non-owned sites will receive $77,240 for cleanup.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is overseeing the cleanup of these areas that were designated federal Superfund sites in the early 1990s. The settlement also includes approximately $5.2 million for cleanup sites in Chicago being handled by the city, the Chicago Park District and USEPA.

Attorney General Madigan said the settlement also provides funding for cleanup at several Downstate sites:

  • Madison – $1,294,468 at the former Kerr-McGee wood treatment plant.


  • Sauget – $3,960,429 at the former Kerr-McGee Moss American plant.


  • Mt. Vernon – $94,797 at the former Creosote Forest Products.


  • Decatur – $632 at the closed Waste Hauling Landfill.

In addition, $2.3 million of the settlement will be used to remove leaking underground storage tanks at former Kerr-McGee gas stations in Illinois and the other settling states.  All of the projects may receive additional funds once a separate lawsuit filed by Tronox against its parent company, Anardarko Petroleum, is resolved. 

Supervising Attorney Elizabeth Wallace and Senior Assistant Attorneys General Gerald Karr and James Morgan are handling the case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau.

Legendary Blues Artist Buddy Guy and Chicago Bears Great Otis Wilson and others to be honored during Sec’y of State Jesse White’s celebration for African-American Heritage Month

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will host a Celebration for African-American Heritage Month today at  the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Concourse Level today (Thursday, February 17)  from noon to 1 p.m.

White will honor legendary blues artist, Grammy winner, and entrepreneur Buddy Guy, whose music and guitar expertise has influenced musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton.  He has earned six Grammys, including the one he received this past Sunday and been recognized as one of the greatest guitar players alive.

 Chicago Bears great Otis Wilson, and Ariel Investments chairman John W. Rogers, Jr., as well as other business owners will also be honored during the celebration of African-American Heritage Month.

The Celebration for African-American Heritage Month event honors and recognizes the many contributions made by African-Americans in the city of Chicago and state of Illinois during the month of February which is African-American Heritage Month.

The Jesse White Tumblers will perform at the event.

McGraw-Hill Companies and HBCU Connect announce 2nd Black History Month Essay Contest

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The McGraw-Hill Companies, recognized as the #1 employer on the HBCU Connect Top 50 Employer list for 2 consecutive years, along with HBCU Connect, is proud to announce the 2nd annual Black History Month Essay Contest. The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who attend a Historically Black College or University. Students must be able to show proof of enrollment status.

The top three winners will receive an Amazon Kindle and a copy of the e-Book: “Influence: The Power to Change Anything”. The 10 runners up will receive a hard copy of the same book. All participants who submit an essay are also encouraged to submit a resume if they are interested in an internship at The McGraw-Hill Companies.


In 500 words or less, explain how being educated at a Historically Black College or University will help you be a future influencer.

* Essay submission deadline: February 28, 2011
* Essay word limit: 500 maximum
* Participants are encouraged to submit their resume along with the essay
* Contact scholarships@hbcuconnect.com if you have any questions
* Winners will be announced by March 31st

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Illinois Republican Chairman responds to Gov. Quinn’s Budget Address

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Statement from Chairman Pat Brady                  


Chicago, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady issued the following statement regarding Governor Pat Quinn’s Budget Address:

“Pat Quinn tried to frame himself as a fiscal conservative in his budget address today. However, the rhetoric of this speech was empty, as his words do not match up with his policies, or reality for that matter. The fact remains that Pat Quinn has not proposed any specific, substantial budget cuts that are neccessary to restore financial order. His only solutions continue to be borrowing against the future of Illinois and raising taxes. 

“Governor Quinn glossed over the 66% income tax hike as a ‘new revenue law’ – a tax increase that will cost average citizens thousands of dollars that they just cannot afford right now, and also kill Illinois jobs. What he proved today is that he still does not grasp the gravity of the financial mess that Illinois is in, and the devastating effects that it is having on taxpayers and small businesses.

“Governor Quinn speaks as if the problems that plague Illinois were on someone else’s watch – but in fact they have accumulated during his administration and that when he served as Lieutenant Governor under Rod Blagojevich. It’s time he get serious about the reality of the situation and make the difficult decisions needed to get Illinois back to work. Quinn said today: ‘Saying no is not enough, unless you are willing to offer new alternatives.’ In fact is is Governor Quinn who is not offering new alternatives – just the same old ‘borrow more, spend more, tax more.'”

Topinka: More spending cuts needed to restore fiscal integrity

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Comptroller calls for unified effort to identify potential savings         


Springfield, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement in response to Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed budget, which includes $8.75 billion in new borrowing:

“Governor Quinn inherited a financial disaster from his impeached predecessor and I applaud him for working to restore our state’s fiscal integrity. But ultimately his budget proposal promises a new high in state spending and $8.75 billion in new borrowing. We need to end the disastrous pattern of ‘tax, borrow and spend’ that has put us into this mess. My solution is simple: cut spending, pay off our bills and get our house in order. Once that is done, responsible borrowing with a practical payback timeframe can be considered.

“Illinois families and employers recently endured a massive tax increase to allow the state to make ends meet. They are paying more to their state government than at any time in Illinois history, and they should expect no less than a balanced budget. Today’s proposal by the Governor still falls short of that goal, and in fact relies on borrowed money to cover-up an operating budget that is $1.7 billion higher than last year.

“The Governor’s office has indicated a willingness to work with lawmakers and Constitutional officers from both parties to find common ground, and I thank him for that offer. That dialogue provides an opportunity to move away from further discussion of taxing and borrowing, and focus on spending. We must work together to use this fiscal crisis to reassess every dollar spent, and find ways to become more efficient and do more with less. To that end, I encourage all state leaders to craft their own list of savings, or ways to stretch our tax dollars. From long-overdue changes in Medicaid to consolidation of the state’s fiscal offices, there are things we can do – and time is of the essence.”

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