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The Chicago River is a lot cleaner than it used to be. And after years of litigation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and environmental groups have agreed to a settlement and will work together to make the river even cleaner. 

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The decadeslong fight to clean up the Chicago River took a step forward last week with the resolution of two lawsuits targeting phosphorous discharge that has polluted waters from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico.

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A rendering based on the new Our Great Rivers project shows pedestrians at the Ashland CTA Orange Line station accessing a water taxi stop along the Chicago River. (Metropolitan Planning Council)

A plan that aims to allow swimming in Chicago’s waterways in less than 15 years was unveiled Wednesday by the city and partnering nonprofits.

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The Des Plaines River is expected to reach record levels today. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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