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Health of Illinois rivers a concern, Sheila Simon says 

 
Rockford Register Star
May 13, 2011

ROCKFORD — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon visited the Burpee Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center Museum on Friday to discuss conservation challenges facing the Rock and Kishwaukee rivers, which feed into the Mississippi River.

Simon is chairwoman of the Mississippi River Coordinating Council, which was established in 2010 to promote the environmental and economic health of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The council held its quarterly meeting Friday in Rockford.

“The Mississippi River and its tributaries are of vital importance to the ecosystem and economy of Illinois,” Simon said in a news release. “I look forward to working with the council to outline goals and initiatives to protect our rivers and waterways.”