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August 30, 2011
3:19 PM

CONTACT: Food & Water Watch

Erin Greenfield at (202) 683-2457 or

Food & Water Watch Applauds Governor Quinn’s Protection of Public Water

Statement of Food & Water Watch Midwestern Organizing Director Alex Beauchamp

CHICAGO, IL - August 30 - “Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to sign SB 83 into law today is a victory for Illinois citizens who want control of their water systems. The people of Illinois have a right to publicly control their drinking water and wastewater service in order to keep it safe and affordable, and SB 83 protects this right.

“State Representative Emily McAsey’s Senate Bill 83 is a bipartisan measure that makes it easier for municipalities to purchase and operate their own water system. Representative McAsey fought to allow local control of water systems in response to Illinois American Water’s poor treatment of customers and continued rate hikes.

“Studies have shown that privately owned water service is more expensive and inferior to publicly owned systems. Many communities in Illinois, such as Homer Glen, Lemont, Romeoville, Woodridge and Bolingbrook have been fighting to take back control of their water. The passage and signature of SB 83 is a huge victory for those communities.

“We applaud Representative McAsey and Governor Quinn for standing up for the right to publicly owned and operated water.”

Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.


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