Stargazers say let darkness fall; battle light pollution
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New lights stand on Kedzie Avenue just south of 95th Street in Evergreen Park, IL on Tuesday January 24, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 29, 2012 2:12AM

Imagine if the inspiration for Van Gogh’s Starry Night had been an urban sky. The famous Dutch artist would have needed a lot less yellow paint.

Stargazers are excited about a proposed Cook County ordinance that is aimed at darkening the night skies in and around Chicago.

“Kids today don’t even know what a starry sky looks like,” said Audrey Fischer, director of the Chicago Astronomical Society. She showed 400 children at last summer’s Taste of Chicago event photographs of starry night skies. Not one knew what to make of the pictures.

“And only two adults knew they were looking at stars,” she said.

Fischer is hopeful that the Starlight Ordinance, recently introduced by Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), will have eno…………… continues on SouthtownStar

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