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Residents angered over mayor Lightfoot’s plan to continue to demolish Crawford Coal turbine on Friday; want mayor to stop demolition because of COVID-19, investigation pending Antifa protests and looting of businesses

What: Press conference

When: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Where: 3600 S Pulaski (36th and Pulaski)

Chicago, IL 60623

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Chicago, IL-It’s been almost two months since the 95 year old Crawford Coal Plant Chimney stack was imploded in Little Village was imploded causing heavy dense smoke throughout the area amid the coronavirus pandemic. This as a result has precipitated political firestorm and has compromised the health and lives of many especially those that have underlying health conditions. This dust and smog has aggravated many people’s health conditions from respiratory illness, asthma, COPD and other physical and emotional ailments during this coronavirus pandemic. Attorney Frank Avila, Jr. states this is “Environmental pollution and environmental racism

Redevelopment Partners has already been cited 68,000 in fines after the demolition of 95-year-old smokestack implosion. We feel the well-wheeled developer continues to get a slap on the wrist after only getting a $2,500 fine for the silty water runoff into the Chicago sanitary and ship canal. Over a month ago the IEPA and Chicago Board of Health and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot stated that that air quality was good “and no apparent health risk”. A month ago Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul sued Hilco, MCM Management Corp. and Controlled Demolition Inc. for violating state pollution laws and releasing contaminants in the air imploding the Chimney smokestack.

On Thursday morning, residents, activists will stage a press conference demanding that mayor Lori Lightfoot stop the demolition on Friday morning due to COVID-19 and other war fronts Little Village is facing including the protesting of Antifa and the looting of businesses too.