Report: Closing shipping locks in Chicago could hurt economy

04/8/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Closing shipping locks in Chicago could cost the economy $4.7 billion over 20 years, according to a report from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Michigan has proposed closing the locks to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. "We want to be positive contributors to solving this problem, but we want to do it without harming the economy," said Jim Farrell, executive director of the Illinois chamber's Infrastructure Council.

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