Illinois, Fed must take steps to keep invasive carp out of Great Lakes

as Aggressive carp get dangerously close For the Great Lakes, we must go further rebranding and fishing. While these efforts are appreciated, prevention is needed to keep this invasive fish out of the Great Lakes. It is imperative that the US Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois proceed with construction of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project near Chicago to prevent carp from wreaking ecological and economic havoc on the nation’s largest source of fresh water. Can you

Brandon Road is located at the choke point for invasive carp traveling from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes, and the US Army Corps of Engineers has proposed using innovative techniques to keep carp out of lakes, including An acoustic fish deterrent is also included. Air bubble curtain and an electric barrier.

Congress and the Biden administration made significant progress earlier this year when they agreed to fund the federal portion of the project’s first year of construction. Now it’s Illinois’ turn.

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To move the project forward, Illinois must first sign an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers by the end of the year. And funding the construction will require ongoing collaboration between Illinois and other Great Lakes states.

The health of the Great Lakes and our regional economy is at stake – and current and future generations of taxpayers do not deserve to live with the consequences of the impending invasion.

Molly Flanagan, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Programs, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Sue the Chicago Street Gangs

Gangs don’t follow the law, but the government should. This is the reason why the government must use every legal means available to defeat criminals, especially street gangs. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is on the right track with her idea of ​​prosecuting street gangs—with a twist.

Police officers know what gang leaders make of their profits from illegal drug sales. One is to buy real estate, especially an apartment building. They hide their ownership in the name of shell companies or relatives. The Asset Seizure Unit of the Chicago Police Department has handed over cases of income tax evasion by gang leaders to the Internal Revenue Service. However, the IRS refuses to accept these cases for prosecution because, “they don’t meet our criteria.”

Well, these cases involve individuals who murder children and other people. The IRS needs to prosecute these cases thoroughly. If successful, the federal government seizes the offender’s property and informer, in which case the CPD receives a 10% reward for the information provided. Those funds will cover the cost of the criminal investigation.

The best example of this process comes from the history of Chicago. The leader of a murder gang was imprisoned for several years in federal prison, not for murder, but for income tax evasion. His name was Al Capone.

The Chicago City Council and the federal government need to fully support Lightfoot’s proposal.

Michael C Flynn, Retired CPD Lieutenant, Norwood Park

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