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Illinois poised to require lead testing in schools, day care centers

Illinois is poised to become one of the first states to require schools and day care centers to test water fountains and faucets for brain-damaging lead.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign a bill approved by state lawmakers Tuesday after negotiators brokered a compromise that requires schools, rather than water suppliers, to pay for the testing. The final version of the bill also resolved a dispute between the Rauner administration and Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office that had stalled talks until late last week.

If the bill becomes law, water will be tested for the toxic metal by year's end in every Illinois grade school built before lead plumbing was banned nationwide in 1986. Newer buildings would have to be tested by the end of 2018. The Illinois Department of Public Health would develop separate rules for day care centers.