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Opening Arguments

Lake effect

I didn't think anything could shut up a Chicago politician:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chicago got a Hoosier stiff-arm here Wednesday as two top Mayor Daley emissaries were turned back from testifying to an Indiana legislative hearing on the controversial expansion of a Lake Michigan BP oil refinery.

Indiana Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), who called the hearing, told reporters that time constraints were the cause of Daley's aides being shut out but added, "We here in Indiana know what the issues are."

Timothy Mitchell, superintendent of the Chicago Park District, said he was "insulted" and told the Sun-Times, "Then they can keep their pollution on their side of the lake. This is ridiculous."

Hot air is pollution, too. Keep it on your side of the lake.