chicago trib chicago gets its drinking water from the lake, not terribly far from the industrial nightmare that is NW indiana. i grew up in NW indiana, and as a kid swimming in the lake by the steel mills, i didn't know it was bad that the beach was full of dead fish. as the article mentions, there's been a massive cleanup of the lake, and i'm rather upset that regulators are allowing this. i'm hoping illinois fights it. i rather like my drinking water. oh yeah -- all this for 80 jobs? wtf?