Perillo BMW settles lawsuit with feds that claimed it let pollutants in Chicago River

Joseph Perillo and Perillo BMW have agreed to pay $80,000 and remove a collapsed wall from the North Branch of the river.

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Prosecutors say pollutant went into the Chicago River at Perillo BMW removed a steel wall in the 1300 block of North Branch Street.

Prosecutors say pollutants went into the Chicago River when Perillo BMW removed a steel wall in the 1300 block of North Branch Street.

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A Chicago auto dealer has settled a lawsuit with federal prosecutors that claims the dealershippolluted the Chicago River while improperly removing a steel wall.

Joseph Perillo and Perillo BMWhave agreed to pay $80,000 and remove a collapsed wall from the North Branch of the river neara building the dealership ownsin the 1300 block of North Branch Street, according to federal prosecutors in Chicago.

Perillo BMW allowed a steel river wall to collapse in 2018and subsequently cut off the wall at the water level, leading to a discharge of pollutants into the river and creating a hazardous obstruction to navigation, prosecutors said.

Joseph Perillo could not immediately be reached for comment.

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