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Retail businesses in South Chicago sustained property damage during recent incidents of looting. (WTTW News)

On the Southeast Side, a community deals with the aftermath of property damage and looting against the backdrop of ongoing concerns over COVID-19 and environmental pollution.

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A rendering of failed development plan for the South Works site. Neighbors want a say in what comes next. (Courtesy of Barcelona Housing Systems)

Southeast Side residents have created guidelines for the types of development they want to see in their neighborhoods, outlining their priorities in a blueprint for developers. 

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Marcie Pedraza of the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force (WTTW News)

Since the late 1980s, residents from Hegewisch, the East Side and nearby neighborhoods have organized as part of the Southeast Environmental Task Force to push for better environmental conditions.

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Relaxed EPA enforcement is a license to pollute, environmentalists say. (mvpdv0ra / Flickr)

Environmental organizations have petitioned the EPA to establish rules requiring companies to minimally disclose to the public that they’ve stopped monitoring and reporting pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Lawsuits have now been filed against the developer and other parties involved in the mishandled demolition of a former coal plant in Little Village, which recently left the neighborhood covered in a plume of unknown particles.