Range One Step Closer
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board on Thursday advanced a proposal to build an outdoor shooting range on district property near the Hegewisch Marsh despite opposition from conservationists.
By a vote of 7-2, the board agreed to negotiate a lease with the city that would allow Chicago police to build the $2.5 million, 33-acre outdoor range in the 2000 block of East 134th Street for tactical firearms training. The issue will ultimately need City Council approval.
Environmental groups oppose the range, saying gunshots could disrupt a planned nature education center that will cater to families and young children. They also said the city hadn't done enough study to determine whether the range's presence would impact migrating birds.
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