Lake DePue

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The weather is warming up, and that has many looking forward to activities like the summer boat races on Lake DePue next to the Illinois River. For the residents of the Village of DePue, it also means trying to enjoy the outdoors safely in a town suffering contamination from a Superfund site. Efforts to clean up the area began decades ago, but progress has been beyond slow.

Small town tries to save big boat race

Jul 26, 2012

For more than 25 years, a tiny town in northern Illinois has hosted a national powerboat competition. It attracts thousands of people who spend much-needed money in the sleepy village of DePue. But the ongoing drought threatened this year's competition.