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Spanish Daily Journal
     May 31, 2018      #21-150 sdj
Utility-backed bill affects Kankakee area

A bill that would allow private water utilities to charge customers more for the costs of acquiring new systems has passed both houses of the Legislature.

The bill could have an effect on the Kankakee area, much of which is served by a private water utility, Kankakee-based Aqua Illinois.

Nearly two weeks ago, the bill sailed through the Senate 39-6. That was about a month after it passed the House 69-37. The passage of the bill generated little, if any, media scrutiny. The bill is headed to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Both Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee, and Sen. Toi Hutchinson, ...

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