Search Resumes for Kayaker Missing on Lake Michigan

U.S. Coast Guard is expected to resume their search for a 20-year-old man who went missing after his kayak capsized in Lake Michigan near Lake Forest.

Officials said the man, whose identity was not available, went kayaking with a friend Monday evening, launching from north suburban Highland Park.

The Coast Guard said two men in separate kayaks went out in Lake Michigan and encountered rough waters due to high winds at about 9 p.m. Monday. Both kayaks capsized, causing them to hold onto a paddle as a flotation device.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket and one of them lost a hold of the paddle and went under, the Coast Guard said. One man was able to swim ashore and knock on a door to ask for help.

The Coast Guard searched for several hours until they were forced to suspend the search at about 1:35 a.m. They are expected to resume their search after 6 a.m. Tuesday, but have been delayed by morning storms. They will search an area from Lake Forest south to Highland Park.

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Section of Northerly Island trail languishes in disrepair

(CHICAGO) A portion of the trail circling Northerly Island remains closed more than a year after waves from Lake Michigan caused erosion damage — and the Chicago Park District can’t say when fixes will be made, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Waves crashing over the east side of the park damaged several hundred feet of the path. Earth underneath the path was washed away and parts of the pavement are also damaged.

A plan to fix the trail was created by the Army Corps of Engineers and handed over to the Chicago Park District to implement, according to a spokeswoman for the Corps.

The park district would not say when the fixes would be carried out or what’s taking so long.

The plans “are currently under review,” park district spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said in an email. “I have no further information at this time.”

A series of signs and large yellow concrete barriers are in place to keep pedestrians off the damaged section of trail.

Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, says her group hasn’t been involved in the process.

“We’ve had the same questions about when it will open and gotten the same responses,” Irizarry said Thursday. “I’m not sure if anybody is taking it as a super high priority at this point. It should be a high priority. But it doesn’t seem like a lot of attention is being paid to it.”

Friends of the Parks is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Chicago parks and open spaces.

A group from Friends of the Parks meets informally and privately with representatives of the park district every month to discuss issues, and Irizarry said she plans to raise concerns about Northerly Island at their next meeting.

The path — which meanders through rolling hills and encircles a 5-acre lagoon — has become a popular spot for runners, bikers and walkers since it opened in September of 2015.

The park cost $9.7 million to build, mostly from federal funding, and lies on part of a 91-acre peninsula that used to be home to Meigs Field.

EPA gives grants to Great Lakes cities to help beach water

(SANDUSKY) The federal government is handing out $2 million to cities along the Great Lakes to cut down storm water runoff and improve water quality at beaches.

The money will go to 13 cities in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin to pay for green infrastructure projects.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the projects are expected to stop or capture 13 million gallons of untreated stormwater from contaminating swimming beaches.

In Ohio, funding will go to projects in Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron, Sandusky and Vermilion. In Wisconsin, the projects are in Algoma, Ashland, Manitowoc, Two Rivers and Wind Point.

The rest are in East Chicago, Indiana; Duluth, Minnesota and Evans, New York.




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Swimmer dies after being pulled from Montrose Harbor

(CHICAGO) A man died Sunday night after he was pulled from Lake Michigan on the North Side.

The Chicago Police Marine Unit responded at 4:55 p.m. Sunday to a man struggling in the water at Montrose Harbor at 501 W. Montrose Ave., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Carlos Juan Penaco, 26, was pulled from the water and taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Tuesday found he drowned, and his death was ruled an accident.

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