CHICAGO - The Illinois International Port District should be dissolved and its operations handed over to Chicago because it has failed to promote maritime commerce and shipping activities and instead is focused on operating a golf course, the Civic Federation of Chicago urged in a report this week.

The critical report from the local business-funded government watchdog group delivered a stinging assessment of the port district's activities and management with no significant construction project undertaken since Iroquois Landing, a freight terminal at the mouth of the Calumet River opened in 1981.

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