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  •  From Rep. Biggert's webpage (17+ / 0-)

    U.S. Rep Judy Biggert, R-Hinsdale; U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete; and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, have long been proponents of keeping the locks open.

    "Those pushing (closing the locks) seem to forget that Chicago's waterways represent a vital link, not just for Illinois, but for the entire Great Lakes region," Biggert said. "Even costs of basic products like grain, ore and energy throughout the Midwest would rise if the locks were closed."

    [And] ... [t]hose opposed to closing the locks say doing so would flood the area, creating new water paths for the fish to get to the lakes. It was floods in the Mississippi River a decade ago that released the invasive species from fishing ponds in the south into the Mississippi River and into the Illinois and DesPlaines rivers, north into the canal.

    Rep. Biggert's page references The Joliet Herald (March 23, 2010).

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