November 10, 2016

CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) is encouraging Southside parents and anyone concerned about lead found in drinking water at three 16th District elementary schools to attend meetings being held this week to discuss the problem. She also urged a speedy House vote on legislation the Senate passed last month to require lead testing in schools and improved communication with the public in the wake of the preventable drinking water disaster in Flint, Michigan.

“I’m determined that we will learn from Flint and work quickly to protect our young people from this poison,” said Collins, a chief co-sponsor of the legislation (Senate Bill 550). “I commend CPS for its proactive lead testing regimen, and I believe it’s important for parents in our communities to educate themselves about the dangers of lead, ask questions and keep the pressure on until no child is drinking unsafe water.”

Ingestion of lead is associated with serious developmental delays, especially in young...

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