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At an April 24 status hearing in the City of Evanston’s environmental contamination case against Northern Illinois Gas Company and Commonwealth Edison Company, the Court set a settlement conference for June 21. Under the Court’s order the utilities are to send a settlement letter by May 31, and the City is to respond by June 7. The case is stayed until further order of the Court.

On April 9, United States District Court Judge John Z. Lee denied the City of Evanston’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the utilities. The City has spent more than $8.1 million on the matter.