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State of the State Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 31 to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Capitol in Springfield.

The state is preparing to send aid to Southern Illinois communities affected by the water main break at Rend Lake Conservancy District, according to a statement from the governor's office.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is keeping a close watch on the communities impacted by the Rend Lake Water Conservancy District disruption, the statement says. He was briefed on the situation several times Thursday and issued the following statement:

“The Rend Lake Water Conservancy District, which supplies water to more than 175,000 people in southern Illinois, experienced a major water main break late yesterday afternoon. Efforts by the district to repair the break are on-going at this time. While there currently have been no requests for state assistance, state agencies are actively preparing to provide support needed to ensure the public health and safety of the many communities served by the district.

“Earlier today the Illinois Emergency Management Agency convened a conference call with several state agencies and mutual aid partners to assess the whole community impacts of (the) situation and prepare for potential deployment of state resources to impacted communities until the water supply is restored.

“Our primary concern is the well-being of the people affected by this situation. I want to assure everyone affected that the State of Illinois will do everything in our power to ensure public health and safety is protected until this situation is resolved.”

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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