Chicago Tribune

During the waning days of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s time in office, his administration quietly awarded a three-year extension to a clout-heavy scrap shredder with a long history of pollution problems on the city’s North Side.

At least three city departments handed out new permits shortly after a member of the family that owns General Iron Industries sued his mother and brother, accusing them of ignoring environmental hazards and refusing to share information related to the company’s bid to sell its properties along the Chicago River between the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods.

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