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Sinkholes can occur in suburbs, but less severely

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An 8-foot-by-8-foot sinkhole appeared on the property of Algonquin resident Tom Gamoe in 2008.

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A 2009 sinkhole collapsed the pavement from underneath a Des Plaines police officer and his squad car in 2009 along Lee Street.

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A 2009 sinkhole collapsed the pavement from underneath a Des Plaines police officer and his squad car in 2009 along Lee Street.

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Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush, 37, is destroyed Sunday in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night.

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This huge sinkhole took a couple of cars with it when it broke open in the parking lot of the Manor Restaurant in East Dundee in February 2002.

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A sinkhole at the northwest corner of Dundee and Hicks roads in Palatine in July 2011 was caused by a collapsed sewer during a heavy summer rainfall.

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Sinkholes can and do occur in the Chicago suburbs, but experts agree they aren't likely to happen as severely, or for the same reasons, as the one that claimed the life of Floridian Jeff Bush. While Florida sits atop a weak type of limestone that dissolves easily in an active water table, the Chicago area has among the most solid ground there is, geologists say.
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    • An 8-foot-by-8-foot sinkhole appeared on the property of Algonquin resident Tom Gamoe in 2008.
    • A 2009 sinkhole collapsed the pavement from underneath a Des Plaines police officer and his squad car in 2009 along Lee Street.
    • A 2009 sinkhole collapsed the pavement from underneath a Des Plaines police officer and his squad car in 2009 along Lee Street.
    • Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush, 37, is destroyed Sunday in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night.
    • This huge sinkhole took a couple of cars with it when it broke open in the parking lot of the Manor Restaurant in East Dundee in February 2002.
    • A sinkhole at the northwest corner of Dundee and Hicks roads in Palatine in July 2011 was caused by a collapsed sewer during a heavy summer rainfall.
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