Chicago's allergy season is getting longer

Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios Visuals

Chicago's allergy season increased by 14 days, on average, from 1970 to 2021, per an analysis from Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news organization.

  • That's based on the number of days between the last freeze each spring and the first freeze each fall — essentially, the annual window during which seasonal allergy sufferers are most likely to rely on their antihistamine of choice to get by each day.
Monica Eng
May 9, 2023 - News

Chicago's lead pipe removal is still lagging

Photo of pipes piled up in a work space

A pile of lead lines removed in Gary, Indiana. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Chicago water officials are again missing targets for replacing toxic lead water lines that connect more than 400,000 city homes to water mains.

Why it matters: The pipes can leach brain-damaging lead into drinking water. Health officials say no level of lead ingestion is safe.

Monica Eng
May 9, 2023 - News

Illinois may harbor second-worst lead problem in U.S.

Illustration of pipes in the shape of a p and a b

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Lead removal experts have long believed Illinois had the nation's biggest network of lead water lines.


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