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Water Quality
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“Forever Chemicals” found in illinois drinking water

"Forever chemicals" have been found at dangerous levels in Illinois drinking water — posing potential long-term health risks for some communities. To hear more, The 21st spoke to Brett Chase, a reporter who covers the environment and public health for the Chicago Sun-Times.  This segment originally aired on August 9, 2021.

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‘Queer Eye’ In Quincy; IL’s History Of Resistance To Federal Laws; Water Quality In Chicago Beaches; DIY Deep Dish

The town of Quincy, Illinois is enjoying the spotlight after being featured in the popular Netflix makeover show Queer Eye. We talk to the band teacher who brought the Fab Five to Illinois. Also, it’s finally beach season. Even though we don’t live by the ocean, Lake Michigan is always a drive away. But it turns out the water is sometimes too dirty for swimmers. Plus, Chicago officials made it clear they won’t cooperate with the Trump administration’s current immigration deportation policy. That resistance harkens back to another era more than a century ago. And, we hear tips for making classic Chicago deep dish pizza at home.

Sital Uprety works with his water samples in Nepal.
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Nepali Engineering Students Help Rebuild After Nepal’s Earthquake

A group of University of Illinois students from Nepal spent the summer helping to rebuild their country after last spring's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The series of quakes and aftershocks killed some 9,000 people and destroyed buildings and infrastructure. Engineering student Sital Uprety tested and rebuilt water sanitation systems and talked with us about the trip.

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