THORNTON | A portion of the Thornton Quarry that has provided tons of limestone that was used to build structures and infrastructure across the region will soon become a reservoir to help protect the area from floods.
A final blast at the Thornton Quarry on Monday removed the last 36,000 tons of rock from the quarry. Once excavation is complete, work connecting tunnels and final construction will begin to turn it into a reservoir for 7.9 billion gallons of flood water by 2015.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners President Kathleen Therese Meany speaks Monday as local dignitaries celebrate the last blast at the Thornton Quarry, marking the end of major excavation and beginning of final construction at the Thornton Composite Reservoir.
CHICAGO | U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley says Cook County will receive $35 million from the federal government to help complete two giant reservoirs to hold stormwater and ease flooding.
Ever get on a waiting list for an event? Ever been on one for over two years? Such was the case with me. And what was this event I so long awaited? A trip to the bottom of a great big hole.
Who says you have to slow down as you age? Not Joe Gerlach, 76, of St. John. And thanks to the retired shipping clerk, guys with the same mindset team up each week over the winter for exercise at the Lake Hills Family Center in Schererville.
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