KANKAKEE – In response to Aqua Illinois filing a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission to increase the rate they charge for water, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) issued the following statement Wednesday:

“Aqua Illinois recently filed for a water rate increase that could cause unnecessary financial hardships on families. Now is not the time to place another economic burden on residents by hiking up the price of an essential resource. While I understand the need for sustainable funding, it is important to consider the impact this will have on our community. We should be prioritizing the affordability and accessibility of water for residents.”