2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 23:26:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: FBI firing range, North Chicago, IL
North Chicago wants FBI firing range closed

Lake County News-Sun (IL)
June 4, 2009

NORTH CHICAGO -- Mayor Leon Rockingham is protesting the re-opening of the FBI firing range on the city's lakefront.

Rockingham said he first heard shots in the middle of his workday at City Hall -- more than a mile from the small firearms training facility -- in mid-May. The sound of gunfire was the first inkling that he, Foss Park district employees and nearby residents had that the range, which was temporarily closed in April 2008, is being used again.

The FBI closed the range after 41 bullets were retrieved in adjacent Foss Park and along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The environmental group Blue Eco, which filed suit in January 2008 in an attempt to close the range on the grounds that it is contaminating nearby land and water, is appealing a U.S. District Court ruling that it failed to prove sufficient harm to keep the case in court.

Rockingham, who has written a letter of protest to the U.S. Department of Justice, said he came away from a hearing before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals with the impression the range would remain closed until the court ruled on the matter.


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Lenny Siegel
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