DePue

Guy Stephens

There are signs of activity in a decades-long effort to clean up an Illinois Superfund site. But it’s still unclear when full remediation will occur.  

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The weather is warming up, and that has many looking forward to activities like the summer boat races on Lake DePue next to the Illinois River. For the residents of the Village of DePue, it also means trying to enjoy the outdoors safely in a town suffering contamination from a Superfund site. Efforts to clean up the area began decades ago, but progress has been beyond slow.