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Over 500 people participate in Waukegan’s 25th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Michigan

Officials say it was a milestone year for Waukegan’s annual Polar Bear Plunge event with over 500 people participating Monday morning to benefit individuals with disabilities. The Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan partnered to host the 25th Polar Bear Plunge on Monday. The event was held at the Waukegan Municipal Beach and […]

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Firefighters safely locate kayaker in distress who went missing on Lake Michigan near Winthrop Harbor

Firefighters safely rescued a kayaker in distress who went missing and was located floating in Lake Michigan several miles out from Winthrop Harbor. The Winthrop Harbor Fire Department responded around 6:36 p.m. Sunday to the boat launch at North Point Marina, 701 North Point Drive, for a report of an injured person. Fire crews learned […]

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Coroner rules U.S. Navy sailor’s manner of death ‘undetermined’ after body found in Lake Michigan near Waukegan

The coroner has ruled U.S. Navy sailor Seamus Gray’s manner of death as undetermined after he went missing in Waukegan and his body was found in Lake Michigan. The Lake County Coroner’s Office told Lake and McHenry County Scanner Friday morning they have concluded their investigation into the death of 21-year-old Seamus Gray. The coroner’s […]

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‘Sadness and pain’: Waukegan mayor reacts after body of missing U.S. Navy sailor found in Lake Michigan

The Waukegan mayor said she cannot “begin to imagine feeling the sadness and pain” that the family of Seamus Gray is experiencing after the missing U.S. Navy sailor was found dead Wednesday. Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain said officers were on a traffic stop around 7:08 p.m. Wednesday near the Waukegan Harbor when ComEd […]

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Missing U.S. Navy sailor died of drowning in Lake Michigan near Waukegan, no signs of foul play, coroner says

An autopsy showed the missing 21-year-old U.S. Navy sailor found in Lake Michigan near Waukegan died of drowning and there were no signs of foul play. Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain said officers were on a traffic stop around 7:08 p.m. Wednesday near the Waukegan Harbor when ComEd workers flagged down the officers. The […]

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Coroner confirms missing U.S. Navy sailor was body found in Lake Michigan in Waukegan

The coroner has confirmed the missing 21-year-old U.S. Navy sailor was the body recovered from Lake Michigan in Waukegan Wednesday evening. Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain said officers were on a traffic stop around 7:08 p.m. Wednesday near the Waukegan Harbor when ComEd workers flagged down the officers. The workers reported they were doing […]

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Cities in Lake County file lawsuit against chemical companies for contaminating water going into Lake Michigan

Multiple cities and villages in Lake County have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto and other chemical companies over the contamination of Lake Michigan with PCBs. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by Seeger Weiss LLP, a Chicago-based law firm. The firm is representing nine cities and villages in northeastern Illinois – Evanston, Lake […]