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Published: 1/20/2009 12:01 AM

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Chemical giant bankrupt:

The company responsible for cleaning up thorium contamination in West Chicago and along the DuPage River has filed for bankruptcy protection. Oklahoma-based chemical giant Tronox announced its reorganization plan last week and notified DuPage County towns it will honor its court-ordered cleanup commitments. However, Warrenville officials noted any company expenditures will have to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, so it's unclear what level of work will occur. Thorium is a radioactive material that was created as a byproduct of gas light production at a factory in West Chicago during the early 1900s. The material was used as soil fill throughout the city. Federal officials mandated a cleanup after residents complained in the 1980s. Federal regulators have signed off on the cleanup at residential locations, but have yet to clear Tronox of the work being done along West Branch of the DuPage River that runs through West Chicago and Warrenville.

School sells raffle tickets

St. Joseph Catholic School in Aurora is selling tickets for its eighth annual drawdown raffle with a grand prize of $2,500. Tickets are $25. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph School. For details, call (630) 844-3781.

Therapy dogs wanted

Edward Hospital is seeking more dogs for its Animal-Assisted Therapy program. Temperament testing will be Feb. 21 at the hospital, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville. The registration form is available at edward.org/animalassisted therapy and must be submitted by Feb. 14. For details, call Lynn Raymer at (630) 983-6014.