Dressed in a black suit and red shirt, with chains draped over his body, Imanuel Reed looks more like the Rev. Al Sharpton than an environmental consultant. Invited by Mayor Ruby Cook, he is here to tell Brooklyn, Ill., village trustees his findings. He suspects 1993 floodwaters that ran through a railroad yard in this Mississippi River town have left deadly residue. He tells them he has taken soil samples and that what he's found doesn't look good: Lead. Barium.... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
Trustee Dennis Miller (left) and Trustee Nathaniel O'Bannon (right) want to reform village government. "In Washington, there's a dark cloud," Miller says. "In Springfield, there's a cloud. But hey, it's raining here. We've got tornadoes."