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SAUK VILLAGE | The Sauk Village board recessed a special meeting to address the village's water this afternoon.

Village President Lewis Towers said the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and attorney general's office weren't comfortable discussing the matter over a conference call during a closed executive session of the board. So, they will meet with both organizations at the attorney general's office in Chicago this afternoon.

"We know we have concerns (about the water)," Towers said. "We're going to have to do something about it. That's why we're reaching out to the IEPA and the attorney general to see what our next step is going to be."

The IEPA informed the village Monday that it's drinking water was contaminated with vinyl chloride at a level of 1.68 parts per billion. The maximum contaminant level is 1 part per billion.

Still, Towers said he hopes the state doesn't take control of the village water.

Towers said he's hoping the village is moving toward Lake Michigan water — a promise on which he campaigned — in the future as a resolution to the issue. For now, he's hoping at least one of Sauk Village's three wells can remain open.

"We still have to provide quality water for all our citizens," he said. "We hope that tonight at the regular board meeting we'll be able to provide enough information for our residents."

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