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Michael Hawthorne

Michael Hawthorne is an investigative reporter who focuses on environment and public health issues for the Chicago Tribune. His stories have prompted new laws and health reforms at the federal and state level, including a U.S. ban on the export of mercury, rules to eliminate toxic, ineffective flame retardants in household furniture and tougher safety requirements for Illinois water utilities. He began his journalism career in Daytona Beach, Fla., and reported for newspapers in Illinois and Ohio before joining the Tribune in 2004.
They're voracious, nonnative and getting closer to the Great Lakes. Latest Asian carp discovery is a cause for worry

An Asian carp got past electronic barriers in a northern Illinois river, raising fears the invasive species will reach the Great Lakes.

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