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A newspaper analysis of enforcement data show that penalties sought from state polluters have dropped to $6.1 million since Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took office in 2015.

According to the Chicago Tribune analysis, that's about two-thirds less than the inflation-adjusted amount demanded during the first three years under former Democrat governors Pat Quinn and Rod Blagojevich.

The decline is partly because the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has cut back on referring cases to the state attorney general's office for civil or criminal prosecution.

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There is increased attention on water quality across the nation as a result of elevated levels of lead in Flint, Michigan.

For the past several years, the unincorporated community of Wedron, in LaSalle County, has been dealing with its own water woes.

EPA: Wedron Groundwater Contamination Site

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The U.S. House is scheduled to take up legislation today designed to help the EPA better protect consumers from dangerous chemicals.

The bill also helps the agency pay for reviewing chemicals. The Natural Resources Defense Council says an estimated 80,000 chemicals have not been fully tested for their impact on human health and the environment.

The Toxic Substances Control Act was first passed in 1976. With it, the EPA was supposed to ensure the safety of chemicals, from their origin to their disposal. 

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Illinois regulators continue to develop a plan to reduce the state's output of greenhouse gasses.

The state EPA and commerce commission are proposing a federal rule. It would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants. The Rev. Brian Sauder heads an environmental advocacy group.

"So we stand here today with 20,000 -- more than 20,000 petitions addressed to Gov. Quinn thanking him for saying that he supports President Obama in rolling out this Clean Power Plan. "
--- Rev. Brian Sauder

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

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