Donald Trump’s business has been sued left and right. This time, the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, has filed the suit. Her office has joined with two other organizations in a mutual pursuit.
Last June, two nonprofit groups, the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chicago River, released a statement of their intent to sue the Chicago Trump Tower. Their suit alleged that the building had violated the U.S. Clean Water Act.
Now, both groups have indicated that they plan to work with Madigan. The attorney general just filed a lawsuit against the windy city’s Trump Tower. It alleged that the building had been violating environmental laws and endangering fish living in the Chicago River.
The attorney general filed her lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. In the suit, she further alleged that the Trump International Hotel & Tower has been operating its cooling systems, and in doing so, released millions of gallons of polluted water into the Chicago River.
The Democrat has been in her position since 2003. Reuters reported that she said:
‘Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River every day without a permit and without any regard to how it may be impacting the river’s ecosystem.’
The lawsuit indicated that the 92-story residential tower and hotel refused to comply with conducting federally mandated impact studies. These would have shown how the release of cooling water threatened life in the river if, in fact, it did so.
A Trump Organization representative sent Reuters an email response:
‘We are disappointed that the Illinois Attorney General would choose to file this suit considering such items are generally handled at the administrative level. One can only conclude that this decision was motivated by politics.’
It appeared that properties belonging to the president have become more closely examined after Trump took office in 2016. Although POTUS resigned from the Trump Organization and his sons Donald, Jr. and Eric run the business, the man sitting in the Oval Office still earns a substantial income from his investments.
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