Illinois Considers Bill for Lead Testing in Schools



The Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that would require elementary schools throughout the state to test for lead in their water supplies. The measure only applies to schools built before 1987 because at this time a federal law was passed that banned the use of lead pipes. Currently kids get tested for lead as they enter Pre-K and Kindergarten. Many areas of Southern Illinois are considered high risk, although kids rarely test positive for high levels of lead. The bill will now head to the House where it may be considered during the fall.