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Illinois Attorney General files lawsuit against Trump Tower for violating clean water laws

The Illinois attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Trump Tower in Chicago, alleging that it is taking in and releasing millions of gallons of water into the Chicago River without having conducted required studies on pollution or the impact on fish.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. She said that the building takes in almost 20 million gallons of water per day from the river to cool the property’s heating and ventilation systems, and that heated water is later discarded into the river.

Madigan’s office also said that federal law requires “extensive studies of Chicago River fish populations and the impact of the building’s water intake system” and that the property failed to submit study results to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 2013.

Trump Tower’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit expired on Aug. 31, 2017.

“Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River every day without a permit and without any regard to how it may be impacting the river’s ecosystem,” Madigan said in a news release. “I filed my lawsuit to make sure Trump Tower cannot continue violating the law.”

Learn more at NBC News.

Large number of condominiums at Trump Tower for sale

CHICAGO (AP) — Trump Tower in Chicago has an unusually large number of condominiums for sale or for rent.

Real estate professionals tell the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2oFJmqy ) that close to 11 percent of the 98-story building’s 486 residential units are for sale.

The building has been the site of demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected president.

Real estate agent Carla Walker of KoenigRubloff Berkshire Hathaway says owners have paid $1.5 million and more for their condos. She says they don’t want to see people hanging out and demonstrating.

Appraisal Research Counselors says the number of available condos is almost three times higher than other large condo buildings downtown. The 100-story John Hancock building has 26 out of 703 condos for sale.

Walker notes the luxury segment of the housing market is usually slower to move than other segments.

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For second day protesters gather outside Trump Tower

CHICAGO (AP) — Demonstrators gathered for a second day outside Chicago’s Trump Tower to protest the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president.

One day after thousands marched around the city’s business district blocking traffic and gathering at the 98-story hotel and condominium, about 50 people demonstrated at the building Thursday.

One protester, 24-year-old Jessica Orman, says the demonstrators aren’t happy with the president-elect and “we’re trying to let everyone know that.”

The demonstrators were met with cheers from several people shopping and dining in the area, while at least one person driving by shouted they should “shut up and accept democracy.”

Thousands have been gathering in cities across the nation to voice opposition to Trump’s election. Trump was on Twitter on Thursday, calling the demonstrators “professional protesters, incited by the media.”

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Trump Tower climber yanked into building

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A climber using suction cups to scale the Trump Tower was pulled into the building by NYPD officers.

By Naomi Lim, CNN
A man scaling Trump Tower using giant suction cups was roughly pulled into the building at about 6:30 p.m. by members of the New York Police Department after reaching the 21st floor.
“Individual climbing #TrumpTower has been apprehended. Excellent job by @NYPDSpecialops & all supporting personnel,” tweeted Inspector Peter J. Venice, commanding officer of the Midtown North Precinct.
The 19-year-old from Virginia was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation, according to a law enforcement official. The NYPD does not plan to release the name of the man who scaled Trump Tower until charges are “dropped or filed,” according to Sgt. Brendan Ryan.
The NYPD had originally said he was 20.
The man drove from Virginia to Brooklyn on Tuesday, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
He has been medically cleared, and is undergoing a psychological evaluation, according to the sources.
He is expected to face several state charges from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office sometime overnight or Thursday morning, the sources said.
The New York Police Department is in touch with the man’s family, the sources said.
“What he explained to us is that he wanted a personal meeting with Mr. Trump and he posted a YouTube video on Tuesday,” Bill Aubrey, Chief of Detectives with Manhattan South Precinct said at a press conference. “That YouTube video explains that he’s an independent researcher and he wanted to meet with him (Donald Trump) and that’s the reason why he was climbing this building. At no time did he express that he wanted to hurt anybody. His sole intention was to meet with Mr. Trump.”
Emergency services detailed the almost three-hour operation in which crews tried to isolate the climber, after first trying to talk him down through a vent on the 5th floor.
When the long-haired man in a baseball cap and climbing gear continued to scale vertically and horizontally, emergency personnel removed window panes and lowered scaffolding from the roof of the building to eventually corner him near a two-feet thick glass window that would not support his weight, a police spokesman said.
Trump Tower is Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s highest-profile property, and where his campaign is headquartered — next to Central Park in Manhattan.
The real estate mogul was not in the building at the time of the climb, but on the campaign trail.
After a campaign rally in Florida Wednesday evening, Trump tweeted: “Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the the climber.”
Manhattan South Chief William Morris said his unit was in constant contact with the United States Secret Service during the ordeal.
His team was working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to determine which charges would be made.
“This man performed a ridiculous and dangerous stunt. There’s damage to the building and he caused the unnecessary deployment of New York’s finest to protect his safety and the safety of everyone in the building,” said Michael D. Cohen, special counsel to the Trump Organization. “He’s caused the shutdown of traffic on Fifth Avenue. I’m 100% certain the NYPD had better things to do. If Mr. Trump were here he’d be thanking law enforcement for the job they’re doing and a job well done.”
Police broke windows, raised a ladder and cut through a vent in attempts to talk to the climber.
Initially the NYPD said they had no immediate intention of trying to pull him in, according to a law enforcement source. Instead, they had hoped he would tire before reaching the top of the building.
The NYPD had set up two “airbags,” one on the atrium below the climber and one on the sidewalk on 56th Street near 5th Avenue, according to Sgt. Carlos Nieves, of the deputy commissioner of public information office.
At about 5:45 p.m., Nieves said that the NYPD will “probably not” cut out any more window panes because the glass fell the last time and is dangerous. No one was injured.
But at 6:20 p.m., he said two windows have been removed from the 21st floor the NYPD Emergency Service Unit is attempted to talk the climber in.
And at about 6:30 p.m., two officers roughly hauled the climber into the window opening. The climber appeared to resist the maneuver but the officers successfully pulled him in.
Onlookers started documenting the man’s ascent on social media shortly after 4 p.m., saying he had reached the 5th floor of the 58-story building on 5th Avenue. He was at the 16th floor around 5 p.m.
This isn’t the first time a climber has ascended a building using suction cups. French rock and urban climber Alain Robert used suction cups and a rope to climb the Galaxy Macau Tower in China to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in April 2014.
A similar feat was attempted by professional climber Sierra Blair-Coyle, who hauled herself up a 33-story building in South Korea in May 2016 with two vacuum cleaners to promote LG’s newest CordZero model.
Science entertainment television program “MythBusters” investigated Hollywood heist scenes and tested whether it was possible to scale an air duct using suction cups in episode 54, which aired in July 2006.
Presenter Jamie Hyneman found suction cups were able to hold his weight but the noise of his contraption, which included a vacuum, were too noisy and blew his cover.
The man appeared to be relying on a series of NV11 Fairs Air Powered Suction Cups, which retail at $280.22 each.
The product is marketed as able to lift up to 150 lbs, being ideally suited to picking up glass or stone surfaces.
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